A Newham councillor claims the borough has been “blocked by Government” in its attempt to clamp down on fast food outlets and poor lifestyles.

Mayoral adviser for adults and health Cllr Clive Furness made the comments following the release of the Better Health For London report.

The findings suggest London Mayor Boris Johnson, in partnership with councils and the NHS, is making progress to cement the capital as “the healthiest major global city”.

It details achievement such as the Mayor’s Healthy Schools London programme, the expansion of pharmacy services, the Mayor’s Sporting Legacy initiative and fast food exclusion zones across Newham and Tower Hamlets.

But a spokesperson for Newham Council said the borough was prevented from implementing a 400m zone around a secondary school by the Planning Inspectorate.

This was on the grounds the restriction could prevent “healthy” takeaways from opening.

Cllr Furness said: “We are committed to ensuring that Newham is a healthy city and have used our planning powers to this effect.

“However, we have been blocked by Government from taking further steps to restrict unhealthy eateries in our borough.”

Instead, Newham has embraced a post-2012 strategy of “creating healthy neighbourhoods”.

Planning powers include curbing the number of takeaways in the borough.

Cllr Furness added: “Our work with partners will create more cycle and pedestrian routes and green spaces which will improve the environment as well as support our residents to become more physically active.”

A spokesperson for Tower Hamlets denied there were specific exclusion zones around schools.

“We have become increasingly concerned at the dominance of takeaways in the borough and their impact on health, particularly for younger residents,” said the spokesperson.

“We have a range of measures in place to not only tackle the number of fast food outlets – this includes the taking into account how many schools are nearby when planning consent is being sought for a new business – but to also help improve the quality of foods being served in them.”

Applications for takeaways are only considered in town centres and they must not make up more than 5% of the total number of commercial units.