BURGER BATTLE Another day, another battle. This time it's over the plannin…

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BURGER BATTLE

Another day, another battle. This time it's over the planning application to build a new drive through Burger King facility in the centre of Totton, which is already choked with traffic and has serious air quality issues.

I asked Planning Officers to assure me that they would formally consult on this application with the Director of Public Health for Hampshire.

To my surprise, they told me they had not and were not intending to do so.

I have pointed out to them recent legislation and an agreement between the County Council and the District Council that they would abide by a duty to consult, on planning applications which have significant issues connected to public health.

Frankly, it is hard for me to think of a more significant public health issue than a plan to build yet another fast food facility in the centre of Totton, not just because of the well recognised and worsening obesity issue, but also the serious air quality angle. It is estimated that 40,000 people die prematurely in the UK as a result of polluted air (mainly from traffic). Sadly, Totton is one the worst affected areas in the UK.

Officers and Councillors who decide planning applications like this, need to know all the important facts before deciding whether to approve such a planning application. I am in a battle to get New Forest District Council to do the right thing….

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