In January 2013, the Scottish Government hosted a workshop to update and engage a wide range of stakeholders in the progress of the National Planning Framework (NPF3). Facilitated by Kevin Murray of KMA, the event was opened by Derek McKay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning, who encouraged participants to think ambitiously about the plan and the role it can play in supporting Scotland’s economic development.
During the course of the day, the groups rotated between three main workshop themes: (1) Low Carbon Economy (2) People and Environment (3) Connections and Infrastructure, each hosted by a specialists convenor.
The groups explored a range of potential future scenarios, analysed issues, and generated propositions for consideration in the Planning Framework. Discussion was around any gaps in knowledge or propositions, and the potential alignment between some of the themes, notably environment and economy.
There was some detailed discussion around what might conceivably constitute a ‘national project’ and what might fall below that threshold.
The output from the workshops help to inform other consultation events, all leading towards the Main Issues Report for NPF3 which is due to be out to consultation spring/summer 2013.