NPF4 call for ideas: analysis of responses

Independent analysis of responses to the call for ideas to inform the preparation of a new National Planning Framework (NPF), launched in January 2020.


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2. A small number of respondents asked for their response to be viewed only by the Scottish Government.

3. Organisations were placed into a group based on name and, where available, after accessing information on relevant websites including the organisation's own website. The web search was carried out in May 2020.


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10. Planning Healthy-Weight Environments. A TCPA reuniting health with planning project. Available at

11. Sport Participation in Scotland: Trends and Future Prospects. Available at:

12. Biophilic design is used to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions.

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15. Further information on the nature of City Region and Regional Growth Deals and those currently in place is available at:

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18. This requires planning authorities to identify three groups: Group 1 - Areas where wind farms will not be acceptable; Group 2 - Areas of significant protection; and Group 3 - Areas with potential for wind farm development. (Further details available at Wild Land areas are in Group 2.

19. The Flow Country in Caithness and Sutherland is the only UK nomination for World Heritage Site going forward to UNESCO for a decision next year.

20. Paragraph 215 reads: In areas of wild land development may be appropriate in some circumstances. Further consideration will be required to demonstrate that any significant effects on the qualities of these areas can be substantially overcome by siting, design or other mitigation.

21. Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) are tiny particles in the air that reduce visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when levels are elevated.

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27. The Key Findings report is available at:

28. A Ramsar site is a wetland site designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

29. The six qualities of successful place are that it is: distinctive; safe and pleasant; welcoming; adaptable; resource efficient; and easy to move around and beyond.

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34. To ensure planning policy results in spatial and land use change that facilitates Scotland's ambition to have net-zero emissions by 2045 and other statutory emissions reduction targets whilst supporting communities and businesses in making the changes needed to meet the targets.

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37. Further information is available from The Infrastructure Commission for Scotland's website at:

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41. Housing land audits: research project. Available at:

42. HoTOC is the proxy method built into the HNDA Tool which is a count of homeless households in temporary accommodation and households who are both overcrowded and concealed.

43. Housing supply requirements across Great Britain: for low-income households and homeless people. Available at:

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48. BEMIS is the national umbrella body supporting the development of the Ethnic Minorities Voluntary Sector in Scotland.



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