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Dr Viviana Albani,
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The use of planning policy to manage and create a healthy food environment has become a popular policy tool for local governments in England. To date there has been no evaluation on their short-term impact on the built environment. We assess if planning guidance restricting new fast food outlets within 400 metres of a secondary school, influences the food environment in the local authority of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. We have administrative data on all food outlets in Newcastle 3 years pre-intervention 2012-2015, the intervention year 2016, and three years’ post-intervention 2016-2019. We employ a difference-in-difference approach comparing postcodes within the school fast food outlet exclusion zone to those outside the fast-food exclusion zones. In the short term (3 years), planning guidance to limit the number of new fast-food outlets in a school exclusion zone did not have a statistically significant impact on the food environment when compared with a control zone.
Author(s): Brown H, Kirkman S, Albani V, Goffe L, Akhter N, Hollingsworth B, von Hinke S, Lake A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Health and Place
Online publication date: 09/06/2021
Acceptance date: 01/06/2021
Date deposited: 07/06/2021
ISSN (print): 1353-8292
ISSN (electronic): 1873-2054
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