Planning for play: seventy years of ineffective public policy? The example of Glasgow, Scotland

Wright, V., Kearns, A., Abrams, L. and Hazley, B. (2017) Planning for play: seventy years of ineffective public policy? The example of Glasgow, Scotland. Planning Perspectives, (doi:10.1080/02665433.2017.1393627) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

This paper looks at the planning and provision of outdoor play spaces for children over a seventy-year period since the Second World War. Using Glasgow as a case study, the paper examines whether and how research on families and children living in flats has been used to inform national and local planning policies in this area, and in turn how well policy is converted into practice and provision on the ground. The paper considers these issues in four time periods: the period of post-war reconstruction from the late 1940s to the early 1970s, when large amounts of social housing was built; the period of decline and residualization of social housing in the 1970s and 1980s; the 1990s and 2000s when several attempts were made to regenerate social housing estates; and the last five years, during which time the Scottish Government has developed a number of policies concerning children’s health and physical activity. Planning policy in Glasgow appears to have been ineffective across several decades. Issues such as a weak link between research and policy recommendations, unresolved tensions between a number of policy options, and a lack of political priority afforded to the needs to children are identified as contributory factors.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kearns, Professor Ade and Abrams, Professor Lynn and Wright, Dr Valerie and Hazley, Dr Barry
Authors: Wright, V., Kearns, A., Abrams, L., and Hazley, B.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Planning Perspectives
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0266-5433
ISSN (Online):1466-4518
Published Online:29 October 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
First Published:First published in Planning Perspectives 2017
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
625811Housing, Everyday Life and Wellbeing over the Long Term in Glasgow c.1950-1975Lynn AbramsLeverhulme Trust (LEVERHUL)RPG-2014-014HU - HISTORY