The impact of school exclusion zone planning guidance on the number and type of food outlets in an English local authority:A longitudinal analysis

Brown, Heather and Kirkham, Scott and Albani, V and Goffe, L and Hollingsworth, Bruce and von Hinke, S and Lake, A (2021) The impact of school exclusion zone planning guidance on the number and type of food outlets in an English local authority:A longitudinal analysis. Health and Place, 70. ISSN 1353-8292

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Abstract

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 of their short-term impact on the built environment. We assess if planning guidance restricting new fast food outlets within 400 m 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.

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Journal Article
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Health and Place
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156301
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22 Jun 2021 11:00
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Yes
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Published
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06 Oct 2021 08:18