The National Planning Framework (NPF) sets out the Scottish Government’s national spatial planning policy, which is incorporated into local authority strategic and local development plans. The NPF also sets out the Scottish Government's strategic development priorities over the next 20-30 years and can designate specific developments as ‘national developments’.
This briefing provides a short history of the National Planning Framework. It goes on to summarise the changes to the status of the NPF and parliamentary approval process introduced by the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006. It then briefly outlines key points from the development and parliamentary consideration of NPF2 and focuses on the development of NPF3 and the draft currently before Parliament.
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Published: 20 January 2014