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National Planning Framework 3

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. 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.

NPF3 sets out the Government’s development priorities over the next 20-30 years and identifies national developments which support the development strategy. This includes the Central Scotland Green Network, originally identified in NPF2.

The Proposed NPF3 is subject to Parliamentary scrutiny for a 60 day period until March 24, 2014.  Further details of how the Parliament will scrutinise the Proposed NPF3 and you can get involved can be found on the Parliament’s website.

An ebook version of the Proposed NPF3 is available.  A number of documents have also been 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.  This will be finalised in line with the publication of NPF3 later this year.