Aberdeen City and Shire - Strategic Development Planning Authority

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Aberdeen, AB16 5GB
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Email: team@aberdeencityandshire-sdpa.gov.uk

Consultation on two nationally significant planning documents begins

The Main Issues Report for the Third National Planning Framework (NPF 3) and the Draft Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) were published by the Scottish Government for consultation on 30 April 2013.

NPF is a strategy for the long-term development of Scotland's towns, cities and countryside. The NPF is about shaping Scotland's future and is concerned with how Scotland develops over the next 20 years and how to make that possible. The NPF identifies key strategic infrastructure needs to ensure that each part of the country can develop to its full potential. It sets the context for development planning in Scotland and provides a framework for the spatial development of Scotland as a whole.

SPP is a statement of Scottish Government policy on how nationally important land use planning matters should be addressed across the country. SPP is a material consideration to the planning process and is designed to promote consistency of policy across Scotland whilst allowing sufficient flexibility to reflect local circumstances.

The consultation period for both documents will run until 23 July 2013. Both the NPF 3 Main Issues Report and the Draft SPP, along with supporting documents and consultation questions, can be found on the Scottish Government Website:


The Scottish Government is also holding a series of drop-in consultation events around Scotland. These offer the opportunity to find out more and discuss the issues raised. There will be a drop-in event in Aberdeen held at the Bon Accord / St Nicholas Centre on 15 May 2013 from 9am until 6pm. Events are also being held in Dundee and Inverness. More information on all drop-in events can also be found on the Scottish Government website:



2 May 2013