Downham Market man’s concerns over fast food restaurant

View of the proposed site for a Restaurant off Bexwell Road, Downham Market ANL-150225-151018009
View of the proposed site for a Restaurant off Bexwell Road, Downham Market ANL-150225-151018009
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A Downham resident has raised concerns about plans to build a fast food restaurant close to the town’s schools.

Simon Prior is unhappy that the outline application to construct a restaurant at the Bexwell Roundabout has been given the green light.

West Norfolk Council approved British Sugar’s application earlier this month although this application generated a number of comments from nearby residents.

Mr Prior, who owns Framing Art in the town centre, feels the bid should not have been approved due to its close proximity to Hillcrest Primary School and recent Government guidance over obesity.

He said: “This proposed restaurant will be within 300 yards of Hillcrest School and it is going to be across the bypass for the new development which is going to have a junior school.

“The Government guidelines for fast food restaurants in proximity to schools is quite comprehensive, but it seems that the borough council has decided not to adopt it.

“I am worried about the increase of obesity levels.”

A spokesman for the borough council said: “The application was relatively straightforward from the council’s point of view.

“There was no call-in and no objection from Downham Town Council.

“The application was considered to be acceptable and in accordance with national and local policy.”