National Planning Framework Team begins work

The Scottish Government has announced the establishment of its National Planning Framework team.

Commencing early work on NPF4, the team is led by assistant chief planner Fiona Simpson who is supported by Suzanne Stephen, Graham Robinson, Simon Bonsall, Ian Mitchell and Eric Dawson

The NPF, highlighted as a major commitment in response to the climate emergency in the Government’s 2019-20 Programme for Scotland, is a long-term spatial strategy for Scotland to 2050. It will bring together policies and programmes to enable sustainable and inclusive growth across the country.

As a result of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, the NPF will have enhanced status as part of the statutory development plan. It will guide spatial development, align with infrastructure investment, set out national planning policies, designate national developments and highlight regional spatial priorities.

Further information on expected timescales and engagement opportunities will be provided shortly.