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Draft National Planning Framework (NPF4) - Published

25th November 2021

On the 10 November, the Draft Fourth National Planning Framework was laid in Parliament and is a long term plan for what Scotland be in 2045 - Read the draft on

This is a significant milestone in the development of Scotland’s Fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4). 

We have been working with local authorities and other partners, to take forward early thinking on the potential for Regional Spatial Strategies (RSS). This opportunity has allowed us to factor in regional priorities into the draft NPF4 spatial strategy - 

NPF4 will also guide spatial development, set out national planning policies, designate national developments and highlight regional spatial priorities.

Get Involved

Alongside Parliamentary consideration of our Fourth National Planning Framework draft, we are running a public consultation to gather views and evidence. We would welcome comments from everyone across the country to reflect the values and aspirations of the people of Scotland and help inform the final NPF4.  A wide range of Supporting information and Consultation resources have been created to help you get involved and consider your response  

The consultation on Draft NPF4 closes on 31 March 2022. Following the consultation and the end of the Parliamentary scrutiny process, we will analyse the responses and produce a final NPF4.

We know there is a lot of information to digest in the draft NPF4.  You may find it useful to hear a video introduction to the Draft National Planning Framework 4 (Draft NPF4) from Fiona Simpson, Chief Planner, Scottish Government 


Online events

During January and February 2022, we will set up a series of facilitated online events to give stakeholders opportunities to hear more about the content of NPF4. The events will be informal and will focus on giving clear information to support the preparation of consultation responses.

Information on these events will be published in our news section and promoted through our twitter feed (@ScotGovPlanning and @DigiPlanningSG) and e-alert system.