Planning & Environment

The end is in sight: the fourth and last of the key priorities in the Scottish Government’s Main Issues Report for the National Planning Framework (NPF) 3.

Once again, the impact is muted, because there’s no intention for NPF3 to revisit the transport infrastructure priorities identified in the Strategic Transport Projects Review and the Infrastructure Investment Plan.

The proposed national developments all relate to international connections: Aberdeen Harbour expansion (new); Grangemouth Investment Zone; additional container freight capacity on the Forth; improvements to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness (new) and Prestwick Airports; and High Speed Rail between Glasgow and Edinburgh, and south toward London.

Q14 poses searching questions:

  • is our emerging spatial strategy consistent with the aim of decarbonising transport?
  • are there any specific, nationally significant digital infrastructure objectives that should be included in NPF3?
  • should NPF3 go further in promoting cycling and walking networks for everyday use, and if so, what form could this take at a national scale?
Neil Collar