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The Scottish Government today launched National Planning Framework 3 Main Issues Report and draft Scottish Planning Policy for public consultation until 23 July 2013.

PAS welcomes the launch of the three month opportunity for all people in Scotland to comment and input into the forthcoming National Planning Framework 3 (NPF3) and draft Scottish Planning Policy.

NPF3 will be the spatial strategy for Scotland and will act as the spatial expression of a wide range of government policies, not only for land-use development and economic growth, but also climate change, energy, transport and health. The draft Scottish Planning Policy sets out the principles for development at the strategic and local levels.

Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive of PAS:
“We welcome the launch of the public consultation of the National Planning Framework Main Issues Report and the draft Scottish Planning Policy. These will play an important role in shaping our places – from the national to the local level – and we encourage people to have their say, offer their opinions and comments.

In particular, PAS welcomes the importance of closer alignment between land-use planning and community planning. Aligning land-use planning and public service delivery will help produce better outcomes for our places and local communities, informed by people’s aspiration and needs.

We also welcome the emphasis on Scotland’s transition to a low carbon economy and the focus on long distance walking and cycling routes.

The NPF 3 Main Issues Report and the draft Scottish Planning Policy are accessible on the Scottish Government’s website, including questionnaires for people to respond. The public consultation runs until 23 July 2013 – so please use this opportunity to have your say!”

To read more about the two documents launched for public consultation today, visit