“The challenges that we are facing today demand that we plan our places for tomorrow” – Tom Arthur MSP, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth
Scotland’s forthcoming Fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4), including a new National Spatial Strategy, will be the strategic command document for all national planning for the next 20 years. This will coincide with the (just) transition to net-zero by 2045, the Scottish Government’s overarching climate target.
There is no aspect of life or work in Scotland that this consultation and eventual final framework won’t affect. This Holyrood Policy event is the ideal opportunity to examine the forthcoming framework in more detail and gain expert insight into the future of planning and infrastructure in Scotland.
As Scotland transitions to a net-zero, well-being economy, and patterns of life change throughout the world, particularly in response to the Climate Emergency, planning and an “infrastructure first” approach is essential in successfully navigating the challenges and taking advantage of the opportunities that this trajectory presents.
With its proposed National Developments and National Planning Policy outlined in the document, the Scottish Government explains how Scotland will deliver net-zero through a place-based and plan-led approach to sustainable development. There is an emphasis on protecting the climate and nature and promoting human rights and equality. It also seeks to deliver enhanced livability through the pioneering 20-minute neighbourhoods policy approach. This approach aims to use planning to tackle health inequalities, minimise waste, and focus on building the right houses in the right places with inbuilt local infrastructure to reduce reliance on unsustainable modes of transport.
So join Holyrood as we discuss the future of planning and infrastructure in Scotland, building resilient communities and enhancing accessibility and connectivity across the length and breadth of the country.