Planning and Public Health professionals’ experiences of using the planning system to regulate hot food takeaway outlets in England: A qualitative study

Matthew Keeble*, Thomas Burgoine, Martin White, Carolyn Summerbell, Steven Cummins, Jean Adams

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    Abstract

    Takeaway food outlets offer limited seating and sell hot food to be consumed away from their premises. They typically serve energy-dense, nutrient-poor food. National planning guidelines in England offer the potential for local planning policies to promote healthier food environments through regulation of takeaway food outlets. Around half of English local government areas use this approach, but little is known about the process of adoption. We aimed to explore experiences and perceived success of planning policy adoption. In 2018 we recruited Planning and Public Health professionals from 16 local government areas in England and completed 26 telephone interviews. We analysed data with a thematic analysis approach. Participants felt that planning policy adoption was appropriate and can successfully regulate takeaway food outlets with the intention to improve health. They identified several facilitators and barriers towards adoption. Facilitators included internal co-operation between Planning and Public Health departments, and precedent for planning policy adoption set elsewhere. Barriers included “nanny-state” criticism, and difficulty demonstrating planning policy effectiveness. These could be considered in future guidelines to support widespread planning policy adoption.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number102305
    Number of pages9
    JournalHealth and Place
    Volume67
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    The NIHR School for Public Health Research is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield; Bristol; Cambridge; Imperial; and University College London; The London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM); LiLaC ? a collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool and Lancaster; and Fuse - The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, a collaboration between Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside Universities. This study/project is funded by/ supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research (SPHR) (Grant Reference Number PD-SPH-2015). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care. JA, MW and TB are funded by the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), a UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Public Health Research Centre of Excellence. Funding from the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, the National Institute for Health Research [grant number ES/G007462/1], and the Wellcome Trust [grant number 087636/Z/08/Z], under the auspices of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, is gratefully acknowledged.

    Funding Information:
    This study/project is funded by/ supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research (SPHR) (Grant Reference Number PD-SPH-2015 ). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

    Funding Information:
    JA, MW and TB are funded by the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) , a UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Public Health Research Centre of Excellence . Funding from the British Heart Foundation , Cancer Research UK , Economic and Social Research Council , Medical Research Council , the National Institute for Health Research [grant number ES/G007462/1 ], and the Wellcome Trust [grant number 087636/Z/08/Z ], under the auspices of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration , is gratefully acknowledged.

    Keywords

    • England
    • Fast food
    • Obesity
    • Qualitative methods
    • Takeaway food outlets
    • Urban planning

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