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Delivery Programme

The successful implementation and delivery of NPF4, over its lifetime, is of crucial importance. This will rely on a number of delivery partners and stakeholders, working together, to make this happen.

To support this, the first iteration of the National Planning Framework 4 Delivery Programme (PDF 1.38MB) has been prepared. This is an important tool which sets out the approach for implementing NPF4 and includes key actions to be taken forward over the short and medium term. Essential elements of the approach to delivery include:

  • Governance and collaboration
  • Delivery mechanisms
  • Infrastructure funding and finance
  • Skills, resources and performance
  • Monitoring and evaluation

The preparation of NPF4 Delivery Programme has been underpinned by research undertaken by Scottish Futures Trust, which identified key principles for delivery and established a delivery template for National Developments. This research can be found at: National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) - Scottish Futures Trust

It is intended that the Delivery Programme will be actively monitored, progressed and updated over the lifetime of NPF4, meaning that it will evolve and can adapt to changing circumstances. A key aspect to this is the need for a collaborative approach to inform the Delivery Programme overtime. Feedback is welcome on the first iteration of the Delivery Programme and continued engagement will be sought as NPF4 moves into its implementation and delivery phase.

Working with SFT, we are reaching out to lead partners in early 2023 to understand the current position of the National Developments, with a view to identifying high level actions and next steps. This builds upon the work SFT delivered in 2022 and If you would like further information on this, please contact SFT at, or refer to the SFT website.

Feedback on the Delivery Programme can be sent to

Last Updated: 13 Feb 2023