Delivering Scotland’s fourth National Planning Framework: key information

On 11 January 2023, the Scottish Parliament voted to approve Scotland’s fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4), a long-term plan that sets out where development and infrastructure are needed across the country.

NPF4 represents the first time Scotland’s long-term spatial strategy is being brought together with a set of national planning policies to form part of the statutory development plan.

There is broad-based support across housing and planning professions for the direction of travel in NPF4, which prioritises tackling the climate crisis and reaching net zero through the sustainable development of communities and the economy.

Key dates

On 16 January 2023, Planning Minister Tom Arthur MSP and Chief Planner Fiona Simpson issued an update to stakeholders, which outlines the intention to make the NPF4 part of the development plan on 12 February 2023 prior to Ministers adopting and publishing the framework on 13 February. At that point, it will supersede both NPF3 and Scottish Planning Policy.

Leading the NPF4 conversation

Starting on Monday 23 January, CaCHE will publish a series of guest blogs from various housing and built environment professionals, offering different perspectives on delivering NPF4.

Housing and Place Delivery Forum

The Housing and Place Delivery Forum (HPDF) – a cross-sector knowledge exchange initiative that CaCHE facilitates – has played a part in the scrutiny and shaping of NPF4 by sharing evidence and expertise within the Forum and directly with the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government.

The Forum – which brings together a wide range of policy officials, professional practitioners, and academics, all of whom are engaged in housing and built environment activities – will continue this work with a clear focus on supporting the delivery of NPF4.

The Forum will hold a hybrid event at the Advanced Research Centre (ARC) on Monday 24 April to address key delivery challenges.

For any questions, please get in touch with Gareth James for more information.


Date: January 19, 2023 2:07 pm


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