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(Please see attached word document containing all web links referenced below)

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 our current thinking now that the wealth of information received through the Call for Ideas has been digested.(see attached doc for live links)


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 - (see attached doc for live links)Planning and Architecture National Planning Framework 4 Position Statement – getting involved and having your say - Planning and Architecture ( 

Should you wish to contribute please do so through the Government’s consultation hub by 19 February 2021 (see attached doc for live links)

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The Government has published a consultation paper on draft guidance on the promotion and use of mediation in the Scottish planning system.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. (see attached doc for live links)

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.

Download Link 1 National Planning Framework 4 WEB LINKS .docx
Published on 22 Jan 2021