Council plans to curb takeaway expansion

By on 09/11/2011 in News

Proposals for new planning guidelines which would limit the number of takeaways allowed in any one particular location, whilst also defining 73 local shopping areas within Birmingham, have been unveiled for public consultation by the City Council.

For the first time, The Shopping and Local Centres Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), seeks to set maximum levels for non retail units and takeaways within 'local centres', beyond which planning approval for new premises would not be granted.

The limits would apply to 73 local shopping areas, ranging in size from larger areas such as Sutton Coldfield Town Centre, Erdington and Soho Road, to smaller neighborhood centres such as Walmley, Cotteridge and Robin Hood Hall Green.

In larger areas at least 55% of buildings in the shopping area would be required to retain a retail use, down to 50% in small areas, whilst no more than 10% of units in any area should be takeaways.

If agreed by the Council, following consultation, the rules and limits would apply to all new planning applications in the 73 specified areas, however they would not be retrospectively applied to existing businesses.

Councillor Timothy Huxtable the Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Regeneration said: “By first defining and then managing the development of each area we hope to encourage new investment into centres to make them more attractive, lively and flourishing, with sufficient numbers of shops and services to help meet local needs.”

Councillor Peter Douglas Osborne, Chair of Planning Committee said “The document will finally give us in Birmingham the powers to take a more pragmatic approach when it comes to considering applications for yet more takeaway establishments in areas already saturated with fast food outlets.

“Often closed during the day, yet at their busiest and nosiest at night when many neighbouring residents are winding down, an over supply of these establishments can have really detrimental effect on any area”

With few relevant reasons contained within national legislation to enable planners to refuse applications, the number of takeaways in Birmingham has grown rapidly over recent years to more than 1000.

As well as seeking to limit the numbers of new takeaways in saturated areas it is hoped the SPD may also help identify areas where there is shortage of fastfood (significantly less than 10%) or other types of shop, and thereby help developers to take informed decisions about new opportunitires which would benefit local people.

Public consultation on the SPD runs until the 19th December, after which a final report will be prepared and presented to the Council, ahead of formal adoption.

To find out more:

You can download the SPD and obtain more information and submit your comments via council's website

You can also obtain a copy from:

City Council's Planning and Regeneration Reception Area on ground floor at: 1 Lancaster Circus Queensway 


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  1. Bobby says:

    It is Cllr Peter Douglas Osborn, not OSBORNE.