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RTPI Scotland welcomes NPF3 and SPP

24 June 2014

RTPI Scotland welcomes the publication of both the National Planning Framework 3 (NPF3) and Scottish Planning Policy (SPP). They are a significant achievement and deserve to be well received by communities, local government and those working in the built environment.

Stephen Tucker, RTPI Scotland Convenor, said: "We are delighted that they are more integrated than their draft and predecessor documents, focus on outcomes and put in place policy approaches that provide more certainty for communities, developers, investors and planning authorities.

The Minister has said that a successful planning system relies on leadership and partnership working across the range of players involved.  RTPI Scotland is signed up for this and we will work with our members to help them to make the best use of these important documents.” 

RTPI Scotland welcomes that new principles and processes have been introduced on a presumption in favour of development that contributes to sustainable development, on a town centres first approach for uses that generate footfall, on fracking and on renewables development.  These should provide more robust processes that allow for informed decision making.  This will require the principles to be taken on board and implemented by the range of players involved across Scottish Government – and including departments, agencies and Reporters,  utility companies, planning authorities, developers and communities.  

The proof of their success will be if they are able to help deliver the right developments in the right place at the right time so as to help achieve ambitions on sustainable economic growth, sustainable development and successful places.  For this to happen the documents need to be able to influence other government policy, investment priorities and key planning and infrastructure decisions.

  • Click for more information on NPF3
  • Click for more information on SPP