National Planning Framework: Position Statement

Closed 19 Feb 2021

Opened 26 Nov 2020

Overview

The Position Statement sets out the Scottish Government's current thinking on the issues that will need to be addressed when preparing Scotland's fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4).  It draws on the ideas and evidence we received from a broad range of people and organisations through our early engagement programme. 

We currently expect that NPF4 will focus on achieving the following four key outcomes:

  • Net Zero Emissions;
  • Resilient Communities;
  • A Wellbeing Economy; and
  • Better, Greener Places.

The Position Statement considers these outcomes in turn and sets out in more detail the main issues that were raised during our early engagement; our emerging thinking on spatial priorities; and the potential changes to national planning policies that we are considering.

Why we are consulting

The Position Statement is an opportunity for the Scottish Government to set out how our earlier Call for Ideas is likely to influence the preparation of draft NPF4 ahead of formal public consultation and Parliamentary scrutiny in 2021.  This is an additional stage in the preparation process that provides a further opportunity to influence the direction of travel ahead of the preparation of draft NPF4.

Futher information on the National Planning Framework and the Call for Ideas can be accessed through the links below. 

Read the Position Statement.

What happens next

This position statement sets out our current thinking, drawing on the ideas and evidence we received from a broad range of people and organisations through our early engagement programme.  We very much see this statement and any conversations that follow as an additional opportunity in the process, between our earlier Call for Ideas and the formal consultation with parliamentary process to come next year, to advance thinking towards the draft NPF4.   Whilst we have intended that the Position Statement provides an idea of the direction of travel, there is still a lot of work to be done as we continue to shape and refine our thinking before we set out a full draft NPF4 for further consultation and scrutiny. 

Interests

  • Building and Planning