Scotland's Third National Planning Framework (NPF3)

The National Planning Framework (NPF) is prepared by the Scottish Government. It sits at the top of the hierarchy of Scottish development plans and provides a framework for the spatial development of Scotland as a whole. The current National Planning Framework is NPF3 and this sets out the Scottish Government's strategic development priorities over the next 20-30 years. 

It also designates ‘national developments’, which are considered by Government to be essential to Scotland's strategic spatial development. Major strategic transport, water and drainage and waste management infrastructure projects may fall within this 'national' category of development. 

For example, NPF3 identifies Cockenzie Power Station as a 'national development' site for new non-nuclear baseload power generation.  

The latest National Planning Framework for Scotland 3 (NPF3) is available to view on the Scottish Government website.