We’ve been shared details of upcoming NPF4 Community Events. Please see below. We’ve also attached a link giving more information about NPF4.

National Planning Framework 4 – The Essentials!

“May I first introduce myself. I work for the Scottish Government’s Planning and Architecture Division. We are just about to begin developing the next National Planning Framework (NPF). This is a long-term strategy for Scotland setting out policies and proposals for the development and use of land out to 2050. Key issues for the next NPF include: housing (particularly for older and disabled people), health and well-being, equalities, rural re-population, biodiversity, and of course climate change. NPF4 will have the status of the development plan for planning purposes. This is a change to the current position and will mean that its policies will have a stronger role in informing day to day decision making. NPF4 will also be an important document for communities as they prepare any Local Place Plan.

We are keen to seek the views of a wide range of people – members of the public, community and amenity groups, professionals, planners, developers etc, across the whole of Scotland. We are looking for people’s views on the future development of Scotland and how they think planning can help in realising their aspirations.

We plan to run a community focussed event in Stirling on 28 February 2020 at The Barracks, Forthside Way, Stirling, FK8 1QZ. We would particularly be keen to hear the views of local people and we would like to invite you and colleagues to attend the event(s).  

We hope to run a workshop like this one here, where we worked with the Scottish Youth Parliament, between 10am – 12pm. And a more informal drop-in session from 12 – 2 pm.

We would also be interested in extending this invitation to other local groups and networks of people who you may be aware of locally. I realise that you may not be able to advise me of e-mails, but if you were able to help get out the message in any way that would be splendid. If you would wish to attend the drop-in session, then please come and see us at The Barracks. You can book a place at the workshop online here – https://www.transformingplanning.scot/national-planning-framework/get-involved/.

If you aren’t able to attend – but are interested in thinking about the future development of Scotland – we have launched a Community Grant Fund to assist communities to hold their own events. Details of the Fund and other resources can be found at: https://www.transformingplanning.scot/national-planning-framework/resources/ under the Early Engagement tab.

I look forward to hearing from you. If it would be easier for me to give you a call, then I am happy to do so.

Graham Robinson | Policy Manager | Planning & Architecture | Scottish Government | 0131 244 7063 “