National Planning Framework 3 & Scottish Planning Policy

The Scottish Government published finalised versions of  Scotland’s third National Planning Framework (NPF3) and Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) on June 23, 2014.

These are two important documents for land-use planning in Scotland.  NPF3 sets the context for development planning and provides a framework for the spatial development of Scotland as a whole.  It sets out the Government’s development priorities over the next 20-30 years and identifies 14 national developments which support the development strategy.

SPP focuses plan making, planning decisions and development design on the Scottish Government’s purpose of creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth.

NPF3 and SPP are accompanied by a suite of associated documents and assessments which can be found on:

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