The Inspectors appointed to ensure sound planning policies cover Plymouth have given their blessing to the provision of space for community food growing and the control of hot food takeaways.
New development will now be encouraged to include community food growing and allotments, edible landscaping or orchards to promote health and well-being across Plymouth and South West Devon.
The Inspectors are satisfied that the hot food policy will assist in positively managing the food environment within a 400 metre radius of Plymouth’s secondary schools. The policy is backed by national and local evidence.
Local councils in Plymouth and South West Devon will be considering the Inspectors report in full before deciding to adopt the local plan.
Substantial evidence, prepared initially by the Plymouth Food (a partnerhip in the Sustainable Food Cities network) was incorporated into Plymouth Council’s 2015 Food Topic Study. The Local Plan review was seen as an opportunity to use planning as a tool to support a sustainable, local food system in Plymouth.
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