How to localise the London Plan's recommendations on hot-food takeaways in tackling obesity
PHE ePoster Library. Jones S. 09/10/18; 221358; 61
Samuel Jones
Samuel Jones
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Abstract BackgroundThe draft New London Plans (2018) will ban new A5 hot food takeaways within 400 meters walking distance of a school unless alternative locally-determined boundaries can be well justified (Policy E9, page 257, chapter 6). Tower Hamlets' Local Plan (2018) will be one of the first London Borough's to incorporate these recommendations. Because of our notable population density we required a deviation - adherence to the London Plan's boundary would have almost entirely restricted any new A5 premise, unhealthy or otherwise. This poster explores our use of mapping software to justify a locally formulated boundary. MethodsUsing ESRI ArcGIS software, a constraints mapping exercise will be carried out in order to generate spatial zones which satisfy the criteria of Tower Hamlets's defined boundary.Outputs will be compared to that of the London Plan recommendation according to the empirical footprint of the possible boundaries.ResultsInitial results show Tower Hamlet's defined boundary - 200m school exclusion zone combined with measures to prevent clustering - leaves just 15% of BLPUs as potential sites for new A5 outlets. This was judged necessary to promote healthy neighbourhoods .ConclusionsThis project is an example of the valuable interaction between Public Health and Planning within a council setting.We found that for a densely populated Borough such as Tower Hamlets a smaller exclusion zone around schools may be healthful, and desirable, providing it is used in conjunction with other planning constraints: i.e. measures to prevent the clustering of retail outlets.
Abstract BackgroundThe draft New London Plans (2018) will ban new A5 hot food takeaways within 400 meters walking distance of a school unless alternative locally-determined boundaries can be well justified (Policy E9, page 257, chapter 6). Tower Hamlets' Local Plan (2018) will be one of the first London Borough's to incorporate these recommendations. Because of our notable population density we required a deviation - adherence to the London Plan's boundary would have almost entirely restricted any new A5 premise, unhealthy or otherwise. This poster explores our use of mapping software to justify a locally formulated boundary. MethodsUsing ESRI ArcGIS software, a constraints mapping exercise will be carried out in order to generate spatial zones which satisfy the criteria of Tower Hamlets's defined boundary.Outputs will be compared to that of the London Plan recommendation according to the empirical footprint of the possible boundaries.ResultsInitial results show Tower Hamlet's defined boundary - 200m school exclusion zone combined with measures to prevent clustering - leaves just 15% of BLPUs as potential sites for new A5 outlets. This was judged necessary to promote healthy neighbourhoods .ConclusionsThis project is an example of the valuable interaction between Public Health and Planning within a council setting.We found that for a densely populated Borough such as Tower Hamlets a smaller exclusion zone around schools may be healthful, and desirable, providing it is used in conjunction with other planning constraints: i.e. measures to prevent the clustering of retail outlets.
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