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      New Scottish planning policy encourages expansion of renewables

      The National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) is being adopted today (13 Feb) by the Scottish Parliament and from this date will form part of the adopted Development Plan in Scotland. Writes Mark Myles, Head of Planning, Scotland

      13 Feb 2023 2 minute read

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      The NPF4 lays out some exciting opportunities for renewable development in Scotland. It potentially provides the mechanisms to allow more (sensitively sited) renewable installations which will help drive Scotland towards its net zero goals. And we are already working with our landowner and developer clients to explore what further opportunities could be unlocked by the updated planning policy.

      The twin global climate and nature crises are at the heart of the NPF4 vision and have formed the foundations for the spatial strategy as a whole. Scotland’s Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan (draft published on 11 Jan 2023) will also set a new agenda for the energy sector in anticipation of continuing innovation and investment to deliver a flourishing net zero energy system.

      NPF4 states that Scotland’s future places will be net zero, nature positive places that are designed to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change, whilst recovering and restoring our environment. Thus, every decision on our future development must contribute to making Scotland a more sustainable place and as such NPF4 encourages the expansion of renewable energy generation.


      The interplay between land and sea will be critical, given the scale of offshore renewable energy sources. Six national developments are identified that support the delivery of sustainable places and those with an energy & renewables focus include the following.


      • Energy Innovation Development on the Islands – supports developments in the Outer Hebrides, Shetland and Orkneys groups for renewable energy generation, renewable hydrogen production, infrastructure and shipping, and associated opportunities in the supply chain for fabrication, research and development.

      • Pumped Hydro Storage – supports additional capacity at existing sites as well as at new sites.

      • Strategic Renewable Electricity Generation and Transmission Infrastructure – supports renewable electricity generation, repowering and expansion of the electricity grid.


      Other National Developments that are identified and specifically support the development of the renewable energy sector include Aberdeen Harbour, Hunterston Strategic Asset, Chapelcross Power Station Redevelopment and Industrial Green Transition Zones e.g. Grangemouth.


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