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.

The government has recently published Proposed NPF3 and this is currently being scrutinised by the Scottish Parliament. The Proposed NPF3 contains two national developments located in Grangemouth:

  • the continuation of Grangemouth Freight Hub (renamed Grangemouth Investment Zone) and
  • a new carbon capture and storage power station.

NPF3 also continues the Central Scotland Green Network, which covers the whole Council area, as a national development.

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