Planning and Architecture

National Planning Framework 4 – Scottish Planning Policy Research.

October 9, 2019 by No Comments | Category Planning

We have today published research by Ironside Farrar relating to the existing Scottish Planning Policy (SPP). The research looks into how effective the existing SPP policies are in influencing the preparation of local development plans and determining planning applications.

The SPP will be incorporated into National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4). Work is underway on this review of national policy and this research was commissioned to provide a better understanding of issues that will need to be addressed in NPF4.

The research assesses the individual policies set out in SPP and how these are being implemented locally. It confirms that most policies are taken forward, where relevant, by planning authorities and, although wording can vary significantly, the policy intention is generally delivered. The research usefully highlights policy areas where there are variations to address local circumstances and identifies those policies that are included in development plans, but not SPP. The research report is supplemented by an excel database of local development plan policies.


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