The Gathering
19th & 20th February / SEC, Glasgow
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Scottish Government, Planning and Architecture Division

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Work has started on the preparation of the fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4). This will be a long term spatial plan for Scotland to 2050 setting out where development and infrastructure is needed to support sustainable and inclusive growth.

NPF4 will guide spatial development in the long term public interest, set out our national policies, designate national developments and reflect regional spatial priorities. It will align with outcomes in the National Performance Framework, incorporate Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) and take on enhanced status as part of the statutory development plan.

We will be seeking views about what type of place Scotland should be in 2050 during an intensive period of engagement at the start of 2020. This process will be supported by a range of tools and techniques that include the Digital Mapping Platform and the Place Standard. Following engagement, a draft will be laid in Parliament for consultation around September 2020.  After formal consultation, NPF4 will be approved by Parliament before being adopted.

To find out more, and for more information about how you can contribute your views, follow our ScotGovPlanning twitter account (#scotplan) and the Planning and Architecture Blog.

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