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Brigid Taylor

The Student Award finalist

Problematising a Child’s Right to Clean Air for Play in London

Brigid Taylor


(University of Reading- Henley Business School, Real Estate and Planning)


Full entry title

Taylor, B. and Nunes, R. J. (in review). Entitlement, Indeterminacy and Professional Discretion in Urban Planning: Problematising a Child’s Right to Clean Air for Play in London.

Research description

This following paper is the product of a postgraduate dissertation by the lead author. It considers whether planning policy provides children with a right to clean air in play space in London. The findings suggest practice varies across London, possibly contributing to spatial health inequalities. The English planning system, as an institutional rights framework, is not consistently prioritising the delivery of children’s play space, nor delivering play space where air quality has been robustly assessed. The paper argues that a discretionary planning system does not preclude individual human rights from becoming disadvantaged under democratically controlled decision- making processes.