The planning review aims to strengthen and simplify the planning system, and to ensure planning better serves Scotland’s communities and economy. It brings a greater focus on delivering the developments Scotland needs, with the infrastructure to support it.
Reducing flood risk is a priority for this Government and we will continue to work to support responsible authorities to deliver actions that protect our communities; as well as raising awareness amongst the public and businesses.
Local Authorities and Scottish Water are working together to understand how drainage and sewerage systems perform in storm events. This information is essential to the delivery of infrastructure which delivers better value for money and creates healthier, safer and more prosperous cities that are fit for the future.
The increasing importance of water management and flooding issues is already set out in National Planning Framework 3 and Scottish Planning Policy. We will issue a fuller, collaborative programme for preparing NPF4 in due course, but currently expect its preparation to commence in 2018 with a view to adoption in 2020, and for the Scottish Planning Policy to be reviewed in parallel.