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Let Scottish Government Planning hear your views

27 January 2021

Let Scottish Government Planning hear your views

The Scottish Government want to hear from community councils on the following consultations in relation to planning policy and guidance.

National Planning Framework 4

The Scottish Government is reviewing national planning policies and is developing Scotland’s fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4).

The Government’s Position Statement sets out their current thinking now that the wealth of information received through the Call for Ideas has been digested.

Comments are invited on whether people agree with the Government’s current thinking set out in the Position Statement.  The Government appreciates that stakeholders may not have much capacity to contribute in the current climate, particularly if you have already shared ideas through the Call for Ideas.  Further details of ways stakeholders can get involved can be found here:

Planning and Architecture National Planning Framework 4 Position Statement – getting involved and having your say - Planning and Architecture (blogs.gov.scot).

Should you wish to contribute please do so through the Government’s consultation hub by 19 February 2021.

Mediation guidance consultation

The Government has published a consultation paper on draft guidance on the promotion and use of mediation in the Scottish planning system. This is part of the Government’s wider work on planning reform and implementation of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, including steps to reduce conflict, improve community engagement and build public trust in planning matters.  With its focus on early engagement, the consultation will be of particular interest to planning authorities, communities, prospective developers of major and national developments and public agencies. The consultation paper is accompanied by relevant impact assessments. Responses to the consultation are invited by 12 March 2021.

Keeping in touch

Planning and Architecture Division at the Scottish Government is encouraging community councils to keep up-to-date by following them on Twitter @ScotGovPlanning and registering for their Planning update emails.