The third National Planning Framework (NPF3) and draft Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) will influence development plans across Scotland and guide future planning decisions on a range of sectors including transport, energy and infrastructure.
These draft proposals are supported by on-going measures to improve the overall performance of the planning system, ensuring smoother delivery and a stronger focus on economic recovery.
The NPF3 proposals set out Ministers’ priorities for where important development should take place, identifying new, large-scale national developments.
The SPP is a statement of Scottish Government policy on how nationally important land use planning matters should be addressed across the country.
For the first time Scottish Planning Policy will include references to maps of Scotland’s wild land – drawn up by Scottish Natural Heritage. In addition, Ministers propose extending the separation distance between wind farms and cities, towns and villages.
In relation to wind farms, proposals also include strengthening environmental protection in the 31% of Scotland covered by our wildest and most scenic land, including no wind farms in the 19% of Scotland covered by National Parks and National Scenic Areas.
It is expected that following consultation, the SPP will be finalised by the end of 2013, with NPF3 being adopted by 2014.