The National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) was adopted today by Scottish Ministers and becomes a key factor in determining planning applications and appeals in Edinburgh.
NPF4 is now part of the Council’s development plan and – unless material considerations indicate otherwise – decisions on planning applications will need to be made in accordance with both:
- the Local Development Plan (2016).
This means that from today, the section of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 that sets out what happens when there is ‘any incompatibility’ between parts of a development plan will also come into force.
This means that some Local Development Plan policies will no longer be used to the same extent.
A report to Planning Committee on 18 January 2023 explains this in more detail and provides a list containing:
- NPF4 policies
- Local Development Plan policies which are compatible with NPF4
- Local Development Plan policies which are not compatible with NPF4 and will not be used to the same extent
View our Approved Policy Framework Quick Guide (PDF)