Brent Council has launched its new development management plan, which, says the council, aims to keep communities and young people vibrant and healthy.
The new development management plan includes policies which protect public houses (like the Mason’s Arms on Harrow Road, pictured above), place a cap on betting shops and payday loan shops in town centres, and restrict new takeaways and shisha cafes from opening close to schools.
Recognising the community role and contribution to the local character of pubs, Brent worked with the Campaign for Real Ale to develop the policy on public houses. It’s also one of the first boroughs to place a cap on the number of betting shops, payday loan establishments, pawnbrokers and takeaways in town centres, and also managed to restrict further takeaways and shisha cafes from opening in proximity to secondary schools and further education establishments.
This policy helps contribute to the council’s health and well-being strategy, in particular to address childhood obesity, and in the case of shisha, the uptake of young people smoking.