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.

NPF4 is at an advanced stage 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.

The Consultation on Draft NPF4 finished in March 2022, with final Parliamentary approval and adoption expected by summer 2022.