The National Planning Framework (NPF) is the Scottish Government's long-term spatial strategy for the development of Scotland. The NPF sits at the top of the planning hierarchy and development plans and planning decisions taken by the Council must take account of the strategy and proposals set out in the NPF.

NPF3 was published by the Scottish Government in 2014. It contains several national developments which are relevant to the Falkirk Council area:

  • Grangemouth Investment Zone
  • Carbon Capture and Storage Network and Thermal Generation (Grangemouth is one of a suite of sites across Scotland)
  • Freight Handling Capacity on the Forth
  • Central Scotland Green Network

You can access the Proposed NPF3, plus associated documents, on the Scottish Government website.

NPF4 is in the early stages of preparation and will have enhanced status as part of the statutory development plan under the provisions of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019. It will incorporate Scottish Planning Policy and its national policy content. More information can be found on the Transforming Planning website.