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We are committed to encouraging interest and wide public involvement in the preparation of NPF4 and want to engage with the public, community, voluntary and private sectors, as well as academics, experts and professional bodies.

We have been making a particular effort to reach beyond the people and organisations normally involved in planning consultations, and that is continuing.

Following on from some focused engagement in early 2020 alongside a Call for Ideas, this Programme for Engagement Update sets out how we will reflect on feedback and continue to engage and listen over the next few months.

Latest update: We have extended the Call for Ideas deadline by a month – now 30 April 2020. See this blog and further details below.



Latest update:

Due to advice on COVID-19, we have cancelled the remaining events in our NPF roadshow; with effect from the event in Glasgow on 17 March. We regret that those who intended to join in these sessions are now unable to do so; while we are also grateful for the input, ideas and enthusiasm of those who attended the earlier workshops and drop-ins.

There is still time to have your say in this early engagement programme, through our Call for Ideas, which is open until 30 April. You can find out how further down this page. See also the range of resources available to help you develop your thinking.

Roadshow events

As part of our Programme for Engagement, we have been hosting a NPF4 Scotplan 2050 Roadshow. The roadshow offered general drop in sessions, where anyone could come along to speak to the NPF team, as well as facilitated workshops where people discussed key issues with other stakeholders.

The roadshow visited locations 13 locations around Scotland before being cut short as explained above.

We want your ideas

To start the early engagement stage, we have opened our Call for Ideas which runs until the 30 April. During this period we will be inviting all individuals and stakeholders to participate in our ScotPlan 2050 roadshow, as well as inviting any written comments that you wish to make at this early stage. Should you wish to provide written comments, please send to us at along with a completed Respondent Information Form.

We want your ideas for what Scotland will be like in 2050 and the changes we need to get us there. Whilst any ideas can be submitted to us at this stage, we are particularly interested to hear your thoughts on the following issues:

Think about:

  • What we will need to do to reach the target of net zero emissions by 2045.
  • The opportunities that this could provide to support jobs and the economy.
  • How places can be made more resilient to the long term impacts of climate change.
  • What climate change-friendly places might look like in the future.

Think about:

  • Where we might want to live in 2050.
  • How many and what types of homes we will need.
  • How we can encourage more people to live in rural Scotland.
  • Whether we could target development to address longstanding differences in health and quality of life.
  • Whether and where we might need new settlements, and regeneration of existing communities.
  • How places could be more inclusive, diverse, creative, vibrant, safe, resilient and empowering.

Think about:

  • What our economy might look like in 2050.
  • How planning can anticipate and respond to the economic challenges of Brexit.
  • What the key sectors might be and what infrastructure they may need to support them.
  • How planning could stimulate and distribute growth.
  • What type, scale and distribution of business and industrial land and premises will be needed.
  • Where significant investment sites might be.
  • How economic opportunities could improve, or be accessible from, places where deprivation is concentrated.

Think about:

  • What special places will need protection in the future.
  • What the future might be for our rural, coastal and island communities.
  • How we could unlock the potential of vacant and derelict land.
  • What our city and town centres might look like in the future.
  • Whether we need to think about the concept of green belts.
  • How we can get the most out of our productive land.
  • How we can protect and restore peatland.
  • How we can plan blue and green infrastructure.
  • How we can strengthen the character and heritage of our many different places.

Think about:

  • What infrastructure we will need in the future.
  • How we can make better use of existing infrastructure capacity, including through innovation.
  • Where transport connections will be needed to support future development.
  • Where our international gateways, hubs and links will be in a post-Brexit world.
  • How we can sustain our lifelines.
  • How digital connectivity could change the way we live and work.
  • Where our natural resources for energy are.
  • What emerging and future technologies we will need to plan for.

To aid consideration and discussion of the above issues, we have prepared background information notes on the policy topics that will need to be addressed when preparing draft NPF4. These notes set out what our existing planning policies are; what has changed since they were introduced; and some of the key issues that we will want to discuss with individuals and stakeholders during the early engagement period. Views should be submitted through the Call for Ideas process which is open until 30 April.


Please note that this is not a formal consultation and we are not expecting detailed answers to each of these questions and the issues raised in the background information policy notes. They have been provided to try to stimulate early debate on key issues, and we are very open to hearing any views you have on how the draft NPF4 can be shaped.

The questions and background information are set out in our leaflet Have your say on the NPF4.

Our Resources page has a range of materials to help you to input to the Call for ideas. You will find a leaflet on how to have your say, details of a community grant fund, a self read presentation, doodle maps, postcards and a suggested workshop format to help you discuss NPF4 with your community or colleagues.

Last Updated: 18 May 2020

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