New National Parks: nominations guidance and appraisal framework

Information on the nomination process for the New National Park(s) project, including links to all key documents for nominating groups.

Annex B – New National Park(s) project – timeline and process

High level timeline of the process stages for the selection and designation of a new National Park(s).

2022 – 23

National Discussion

Consultation: the future of National Parks in Scotland

Consultation: selecting new National Parks and changes to National Parks' powers and functions

2023 - 24

Nominations and Appraisal

Development of appraisal framework and public consultation

Nominations for new National Parks

Appraisal of nominations


Reporter Investigation

Ministers announce proposal for new National Park(s) and Reporter investigation begins

Consultation on new National Park proposal

Report to Ministers

2025 - 26


Development of draft Designation Order

Consultation on draft Designation Order

Designation Order laid in Parliament



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