The Scottish Government has published a range of resources to help communities to engage with the development of National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) and it includes a series of ‘Roadshow’ events which kick off this month.
NPF4 is a long term plan for development and investment across Scotland and it will consider what Scotland should look like in 2050. It will set out national planning policies and guide where future development should take place and address the following outcomes:
- Meeting the housing needs of people living in Scotland including, in particular, the housing needs for older people and disabled people
- Improving the health and well-being of people living in Scotland
- Increasing the population of rural areas of Scotland
- Improving equality and eliminating discrimination
- Meeting any targets relating to the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases
- Securing positive effects for biodiversity
The NPF4 team at Scottish Government want to engage with the public, community, voluntary and private sectors, as well as academics, experts and professional bodies and they are encouraging interest and wide public involvement.
The Transforming Planning website is a “hub” for updates on NPF4 and provides information on how individuals and organisations can contribute.
The site includes dates of Scotland2050 Roadshow events across the country which will offer general drop-in sessions, where participants can come along to speak to the Government’s NPF4 team, as well as facilitated workshops to take a closer look at some of the issues that are up for discussion.
There are also materials on the site for communities to help them develop their own responses and details of a Community Grant Fund to support and enable communities to come together to host their own NPF4 events.