Full title: Exploring the nature and acceptability of local authority actions to restrict proliferation of hot-food takeaways in England
Timeframe: November 2017- February 2019
What are the aims of this project?
People who live in areas with more takeaways tend to eat more takeaway food and be heavier. In England, new takeaways require planning permission to open. Local authorities in England have been encouraged to use the planning system to restrict takeaway proliferation in order to improve diets and combat obesity. In this project we will conduct a systematic survey of the different ways that local authorities are using the planning system to restrict takeaway proliferation. We will then interview planning and public health professionals working in local authorities to explore their experiences of these approaches.
Why is this important?
There are many different ways that the planning system can be used to restrict takeaway proliferation. Some ways are likely to be more successful than others. Local authorities are keen to learn from the experience of others in order to develop best practice in this area.
Who is undertaking the research?
Jean Adams and Tom Burgoine at the Centre for Diet & Activity Research in Cambridge are leading the research. Martin White (Cambridge), Steven Cummins (LSHTM) and Carolyn Summerbell (Fuse) are contributing their expertise. Matt Keeble is employed on the project and is based in Cambridge.
How are stakeholders engaged?
Experts in local government, planning, public health and research are members of our project steering group. Planning and public health professionals working in local authorities will be interviewed to understand their experiences.
What will be the outputs from the study?
The project will provide a comprehensive summary of current local authority action to restrict takeaway proliferation. We will provide this in an accessible and interactive online format to allow users to explore what is currently being done in this area both in summary and in detail. Insight from others’ experiences will be summarised in ‘case study’ format. These will provide worked examples of opportunities, challenges and strategies for overcoming challenges when developing new local authority planning approaches to restrict takeaway proliferation.