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UK planning policy mainly fails children, but London, Wales and Scotland begin to show the way

This summers’ publication of the Mayor of London’s proposed revisions to the London Plan was welcomed by children’s rights advocates who have been pushing for a stronger policy on children and young people’s play, recreation, and independent mobility. Wider reaction to this part of the Plan, including from the UK government, signalled the ongoing influence … Continue reading UK planning policy mainly fails children, but London, Wales and Scotland begin to show the way

Briefing regarding Stage 3 Planning (Scotland) Bill – Participation of Children and Young People in the Local Development Plan with the Planning (Scotland) Bill

Context Children’s and young people’s access to, and freedom to play in, the natural and built environment has been in decline for decades. However, access to inclusive child-friendly environments is a fundamental right under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UK signed up to the UNCRC in 1991. Among these … Continue reading Briefing regarding Stage 3 Planning (Scotland) Bill – Participation of Children and Young People in the Local Development Plan with the Planning (Scotland) Bill

Urban planning is failing children and breaching their human rights – here’s what needs to be done

Dr Jenny Wood, APiC Co-founder Children are being left out of decisions about the environments created around them, when really, their needs should be at the heart of them. In the UK, children are becoming less healthy – physically and mentally – and spend more time indoors than previous generations. Society is so caught up in discussing … Continue reading Urban planning is failing children and breaching their human rights – here’s what needs to be done

Five steps to make children’s rights a reality in the Scottish planning system

The Scottish planning system is undergoing reform. Following an independent review, the Scottish government are now considering changes, and amidst their proposals is increasing recognition that children are often excluded from considerations of place. Having previously given evidence to this review, Dr Jenny Wood presents below some practical policy-oriented steps for the Scottish Government to … Continue reading Five steps to make children’s rights a reality in the Scottish planning system