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Policy information notes

To assist with engagement through our Call for Ideas in early 2020 we prepared background information notes on the policy topics that will need to be addressed when preparing draft NPF4.

The following policy notes were updated in December 2021 to reflect the proposed national policies in Part 3 of Draft NPF4.

Sustainable places

Policy 1: Plan-led approach to sustainable development - PDF (192Kb)

Policy 2: Climate emergency - PDF (204Kb)

Policy 3: Nature crisis - PDF (497Kb)

Policy 4: Human rights and equality - PDF (332Kb)

Policy 5: Community wealth building - PDF (194Kb)

Policy 6: Design, quality and place - PDF (191Kb)

Liveable places

Policy 7: Local living - PDF (240Kb)

Policy 8: Infrastructure First - PDF (238Kb)

Policy 9: Quality homes - PDF (199Kb)

Policy 10: Sustainable transport - PDF (242Kb)

Policy 11: Heat and cooling - PDF (196Kb)

Policy 12: Blue and green infrastructure, play and sport - PDF (198Kb)

Policy 13: Flooding - PDF (239Kb)

Policy 14 and 15: Lifelong health, wellbeing and safety - PDF (203Kb)​

Productive places

Policy 16: Business and Employment - PDF (196Kb)

Policy 17: Tourism - PDF (192Kb)

Policy 18: Culture and creativity - PDF (194Kb)

Policy 19: Green energy - PDF (194Kb)

Policy 20: Zero Waste - PDF (244Kb)

Policy 21: Aquaculture - PDF (235Kb)

Policy 22: Minerals - PDF (240Kb)

Policy 23: Digital Infrastructure - PDF (192Kb)

Distinctive places

Policies 24 to 27: City, town, commercial and local centres - PDF (198Kb)

Policy 28: Historic Assets and Places - PDF (197Kb)

Policy 29: Urban edges and the green belt - PDF (239Kb)

Policy 30: Vacant and Derelict Land - PDF (195Kb)

Policy 31: Rural places - PDF (242Kb)

Policy 32: Natural Places - PDF (242Kb)

Policy 33: Peat and carbon rich soils - PDF (240Kb)

Policy 34: Trees, woodland and forestry - PDF (236Kb)

Policy 35: Coasts - PDF (236Kb)

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The Draft National Planning Framework 4

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Last Updated: 01 Apr 2022