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Area 2-J (South)
Planning & Architecture Division,
The Scottish Government
Victoria Quay


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National Planning Framework 3: A Plan for Scotland: Ambition, Opportunity, Place

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The National Planning Framework (NPF) sets the context for development planning in Scotland 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 national developments which support the development strategy.

Current Action – consideration by the Scottish Parliament of the Proposed Plan

Following consideration of the responses to the public consultation on the Main Issues Report (MIR) for NPF3, a Proposed NPF3 was laid in the Scottish Parliament on January 14, 2014.

An ebook version of the Proposed NPF3 is available. A number of documents were also published alongside the Proposed NPF3 , including the updated Participation Statement, Strategic Environmental Assessment Update (incorporating SPACE and Habitats Regulations Appraisal, Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment, and result of the Equality Impact Assessment.  A draft Action Programme has also been published which sets out our proposed approach to delivery of the key actions.

The Proposed NPF3 has been subject to Parliamentary scrutiny for a 60 day period. Four Parliamentary committees took written and oral evidence in January and February as part of their scrutiny of Proposed NPF3.  This included evidence sessions with Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning, Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Veterans and Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Environment and Climate Change.  The Committees’ reports were published on 14 March 2014.

Work is on-going to associated documents, which include, the finalised Action Programme, SEA post-adoption statement and Conformity Report.