PLANS to change a former Darfield retail unit into a takeaway have been turned down by the council - due to high levels of obesity in the area.

An application to create the takeaway on the former Foulstone school site on Nanny Marr Road was submitted in May.

However, plans were rejected by the council’s planning board last week.

A decision notice said: “The proposed change of use would introduce a hot food takeaway in an area where there is already a high concentration of this use, high levels of obesity and proximity to community uses, contrary to the council’s health and wellbeing agenda.”