Takeaway plan could fail due to school rule

Takeaway plan could fail due to school rule

By Gareth Dennison | 15/10/2020

Takeaway plan could fail due to school rule


PLANS have been submitted for a hot food takeaway just yards from a primary school entrance.

Applicant Thair Iqbal wants to convert the former Noiseworks on Ferham Road which have been empty since the music studio moved into Rotherham town centre.

But the premises are directly across from an entrance to Ferham Primary School.

Rotherham Council finally adopted new planning guidance this summer which states that hot food outlets must be 800 metres from educational settings.

Cllr Eve Rose Keenan, chairman of Rotherham Health Select Commission and member for Rotherham West ward, said: “It would be wrong to pre-empt any planning decisions, which will also take into account wider factors.

“However, I am very supportive of the restriction on takeaway premises in close proximity to schools.

“I believe this measure can play an important role in helping us to promote positive public health messages to children and young people and achieve our aim of driving down childhood obesity in the borough through our Obesity Reduction Strategy, which is even more important in light of the current pandemic.

She added: “As a local member for this area, I also have concerns about the impact any further takeaways would have on litter in the local community.”

The desire for a restriction on takeaways near schools came after KFC applied to build near Canklow Woods Primary in 2011.

The council was not able to add this in its core strategy policy, a government inspector ruled, but it has now been added to supplementary planning documents.

Matki Chai at Eastwood was the first place to be affected. Part of the reason for its refusal in the summer was the 280-metre distance to St Ann’s J&I.