The national spatial strategy sets out a shared vision where each part of Scotland can be planned and developed to create:
Underpinning the national spatial strategy are a series of spatial principles which comprise:
The spatial strategy highlights the following five action areas :
There is also an overall map showing the five action areas - PDF (708KB)
Development of the national spatial strategy has been informed by early work that has considered the preparation of indicative Regional Spatial Strategies.
The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 establishes a duty for a planning authority, or authorities acting jointly, to prepare and adopt a Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS). Whilst this new duty is yet to be enacted, the review of the National Planning Framework (NPF) has presented an opportunity to develop early thinking on Regional Spatial Strategies to help inform the preparation of the NPF4.
A factsheet and summary each set out further background about how initial work to prepare indicative Regional Spatial Strategies (iRSS) has been taken forward:
The new duty to produce Regional Spatial Strategies will be enacted with the publication of statutory guidance which we anticipate will be in place later in 2022.
Once the duty is enacted it will be for planning authorities, individually or jointly, to finalise and adopt their RSS after the NPF4 has been approved.
Having established a platform of understanding for this emerging work, a series of collaborative ‘charrete-style’ events considered how the early regional thinking might scale up to inform options for a national spatial strategy.
This activity was facilitated by Kevin Murray Associates (KMA) and this blog describes KMA’s impressions of this way of ‘on-line’ working (PDF 112KB).
The KMA blog also references a series of summary bulletins which are available through the following links:
The output from the events has helped inform the proposed national spatial strategy along with five strategic focus areas.
Last Updated: 26 Apr 2022