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Planning and the sex industry: The role of the planning system in the regulation of commercial sex.

Murray, Josephine Paula; (1993) Planning and the sex industry: The role of the planning system in the regulation of commercial sex. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

The regulation of commercial sex in England and Wales, in terms of its form, function and location, is characterised by a disparate body of legislation covering both criminal and civil law. To establish the role of the land use planning system in this context the diverse elements of the regulator)' structure are defined, looking in particular at the spatial manifestations of prostitution and the sale and display of pornography. The information is examined within a wider European historical context to elaborate on two points of interest. The first is that the spatial regulation of prostitution is a persistent feature of its history. The second aims to establish the basis of both the current law and the proposals for change in the control exercised over the industry. The role that the planning system plays is established through analysis of current practice at central and local government level. What emerges from this is that although the sex industry is not perceived as a planning issue, planning mechanisms have been used to control it. Where this has occurred the action has been both reactive and negative, revealing the application of a 'moral' code to decision making. The political nature of the issues around commercial sex inhibits radical changes to the laws governing it. The inconsistencies in the current system, however, invite a revaluation of the approaches to the control of this industry. To begin to address how and what changes might be wrought both the moral structure of the law and attitudes to sexuality are examined. This allows an understanding of why the current operational procedures occur and facilitates a mechanism to propose change. The proposed changes lo the laws governing commercial sex have implications for the planning system. These are examined with regard to their implementation under planning law. The present structure of the planning system has the capacity and the operational structure to accommodate the land use implications of commercial sex, what is needed to achieve this is a will to change.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Planning and the sex industry: The role of the planning system in the regulation of commercial sex.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10103924
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