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National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) – Early Engagement now underway!

9th January 2020

2020 is shaping up to be a massive year for planning in Scotland; for how our transforming planning system will shape our places and our society over the years and decades to come. Of course, there’s much to be done on the nuts and bolts of the system following on from the new Planning Act….

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Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2019

6th December 2019

The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning (SAQP) is one of the Government’s most prestigious awards. It celebrates achievements in planning, from the detail of processing to the bigger picture of creating places for our communities to thrive. This year marked a special occasion with the Awards celebrating it’s 20 Anniversary. The ceremony was held…

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Designing Places Student Competition

5th December 2019

10 years This year celebrated 10 year of the Designing Places Student Competition. Click here to see a short film about the event. To mark the 10th Anniversary of this year’s competition, we wanted to do something special. So, for the first time ever – we took students ‘on site’ to Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. This…

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Scottish Youth Parliament Event – 27 October 2019 – Dunfermline High School

1st November 2019

Blog – SYP event 27 Oct 2019 The NPF4 team was delighted to be invited to participate in a discussion with members of the Scottish Youth Parliament to consider the sort of place Scotland can be in 2050. The attached blog provides a summary of the event. #scotplan

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Regional Spatial Strategies – exploratory event

25th October 2019

RSS Event – 2 Oct – summary note A collaborative event, held on 2 October 2019 at the Engine Shed in Stirling, explored arrangements to consider regional spatial strategies that will emerge from the Planning (Scotland) Act. The attached summary note of the day provides links to the various presentations and reflects some of the…

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National Planning Framework 4 – Scottish Planning Policy Research.

9th October 2019

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…

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National Planning Framework Team

10th September 2019

We are pleased to announce that our National Planning Framework team is set up and early work is commencing on NPF4.  The NPF, highlighted as a major commitment in response to the climate emergency in the Government’s 2019-20 Programme for Scotland, is a long-term spatial strategy for Scotland to 2050.  It will bring together policies…

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Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning – shortlist announcement

28th June 2019

Earlier in June, the four independent judges, Irene Beautyman (The Improvement Service), Helena Huws (Scottish Canals), Lisa Proudfoot (Scottish Young Planners Network / Montagu Evans) and Simon Rennie (Central Scotland Green Network Trust) met to consider the over 50 applications received for this year’s Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning. Applications were considered in the…

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Eat haggis and come back full of new ideas! Six weeks as a visiting civil servant

28th May 2019

In Finland, government officials have an option of short-term exchange in their own administrative field abroad. The goal of the exchange is that both the sending and receiving organizations benefit from the exchange and new contacts, as well as professional development. I work as a senior advisor at the Finnish government or in the The…

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Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2019

21st May 2019

The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning are one of the Government’s most prestigious awards. They celebrate achievements in planning, right from the detail of processing through to the bigger picture of creating places which will become the legacy of our professionalism. SAQP2019 has 5 Categories The full list of categories are: Partnership – innovation…

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