Help to inform planning policy for rural areas in Scotland

News story posted: 07/03/2019

Rural landscape: new research into rural planning policyThe rural planning team at Savills and research institute Inherit have been commissioned by the Scottish Government to undertake a project called Rural Planning Policy to 2050: Research to Inform NPF 4.


The research is exploring how planning policy can help to support strong and vibrant rural communities and economies in the coming years, and generating evidence to inform the preparation of Scotland’s next National Planning Framework (NPF) and Scottish Planning Policy (SPP).


It is important that the research is informed directly by rural communities and businesses, by the organisations that represent them and by others with a particular interest in rural development and planning matters.


The research team is currently running an online survey and encourages Community Councils across rural Scotland to take this opportunity to help build the evidence base that will inform future planning policy.


The survey is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/rpp2050


The closing date for submissions is Friday 22nd March.


Further information about the research:


NPF is a long-term strategy of the Scottish Government that provides a framework for spatial developments and other strategically important development opportunities in Scotland. SPP is Scottish Government policy on how land use planning matters should be addressed across the country.


The Planning (Scotland) Bill is currently being considered by parliament. Preparation of NPF4 will begin following the passage of the bill and it is expected that it will consider what Scotland will be in the future, looking ahead to 2050, and how policy can support the delivery of this vision.


At this early stage ahead of the review process commencing – to inform the evidence base for NPF4 – Savills and Inherit are:


  • drawing together a national picture of communities across rural Scotland;
  • seeking to identify the future needs of rural communities and businesses, as relevant to planning;
  • exploring how these future needs are likely to translate into development on the ground over the next 30 years or so;
  • looking at future opportunities to support the diversification of land use in rural areas;
  • asking whether there are particular types of development that will act as a catalyst and generate wider positive change for rural communities and businesses.
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