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Maintaining and enhancing the policy framework





National Planning Framework

Publication of NPF3 Main Issues Report in April 2013. Following consultation Proposed NPF3 was laid in Parliament in January 2014.

Finalised version published in June 2014.

Focus now on delivery through the online Action Programme.

Fiona Simpson

Scottish Planning Policy

Review the document to ensure it is:

  • up-to-date
  • focuses on sustainable economic growth
  • emphasises placemaking

Final version was published June 2014, alongside NPF3.

Currently taking forward dissemination programme.

Simon Bonsall


Housing Need and Demand Assessment (HNDA) Stocktake: To help to reduce the cost and complexity of HNDAs, the Centre for Housing Market Analysis has developed an HNDA tool using Excel.  The tool estimates the amount and tenure of new housing which authorities need to provide.

Version 2.01 of tool now available. Revised technical guidance and managers’ guide published.

Anne Grove

Marine Planning

Circular on relationship between marine and terrestrial planning to accompany the Scottish Marine Plan. 

Complete - 2015

Campbell Gerrard

Flooding, water and drainage

Online Planning Advice on Flood Risk


Campbell Gerrard


Planning Advice Note 63 superseded by online Planning and Waste Management Advice


Lorna Aird


Planning Reform – Next Steps (March 2012) announced work to consider whether the Review of Mineral Planning Permissions was a proportionate framework.

Mining Waste Directive obligations required by 1 May 2012 are incomplete. They have been notified to HOPS and planning authorities with further reporting to the EU expected to be required. Further reminders on obligation to complete inventories of closed sites tba


Simon Bonsall

2012 Scottish Aggregates Survey Report findings

Published 2015  


Opencast Coal Restoration: Effective Regulation Consultation



Consultation closed

Graham Marchbank

Rural Development

Working with Scottish Natural Heritage to update their guidance on the construction of agricultural and forestry private tracks, and on developing a monitoring framework for the review.

SNH published guidance.

David Reekie