The fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4) will incorporate Scottish Planning Policy which contains detailed national policy on a number of planning topics. For the first time, spatial and thematic planning policies will be addressed in one place.
The current Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) was published in 2014 and will remain in place until NPF4 is approved by the Scottish Parliament, and adopted by Scottish Ministers.
The Draft NPF4 sets out refreshed planning policy under four themes:
As part of developing the Draft NPF4, a series of policy information notes were produced. These were updated in December 2021 to reflect the proposed national policies in Part 3 of Draft NPF4.
We have published a number of research reports relating to Scottish Planning Policy:
The Scottish Government convened a working group which has acted as a sounding board to inform the development of updated planning policy on biodiversity in draft National Planning Framework 4. The group have met virtually, on four occasions. The notes and related presentations from each workshop are listed;
Last Updated: 26 Apr 2022