The National Planning Framework (NPF) sets the context for development planning in Scotland and provides a framework for the spatial development of Scotland as a whole.  The 4 Key Planning outcomes for Scotland are:

  • A successful sustainable place — supporting economic growth, regeneration and the creation of well-designed places
  • A low carbon place — reducing our carbon emissions and adapting to climate change
  • A natural resilient place — helping to protect and enhance our natural cultural assets and facilitating their sustainable use
  • A connected place — supporting better transport and digital connectivity

HOPS supports these 4 key planning outcomes for Scotland and also supports the new National Outcomes announced by the Scottish Government, in particular the planning related areas:

  • We have a globally competitive entrepreneurial, inclusive and sustainable economy
  • We live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe
  • We are healthy and active
  • We value, enjoy, protect and enhance our environment

HOPS Strategic Objectives

The planning system in Scotland is recognised internationally as an exemplar of best practice but it does require radical and innovative interventions if it is to be in position to respond to the growth and sustainable development of Scotland’s economy, infrastructure and communities. The vision for the new planning system has to be bold, radical and world class in its ambitions and HOPS will play a full part in that process, in respect of the 3 strategic objectives set out below, which set out HOPS vision for the planning reforms:

In delivering on the specific purpose of HOPS this must be undertaken with a view to achieving meaningful outcomes where Planning Services do make a positive and constructive contribution in making Scotland a successful, sustainable and well connected place to contribute to the quality of life for its people. Within that context the objectives of HOPS are set out below:

  • Supporting sustainable economic growth
  • Protecting natural assets
  • Delivering quality places that are well connected
  • Developing a greater understanding of the community requirements for the planning service
  • Supporting the continued learning and training of staff
  • Promoting partnership working on improvement projects across local authorities and areas

The HOPS Business Plan aligns with the objectives set out in the following national and strategic documents produced by the Scottish Government summarised below:

Partnership Working

HOPS works in partnership with a wide range of other bodies and stakeholders to ensure that a full understanding of the issues affecting the planning system within Scotland are addressed and seeks to influence the policy agenda for these bodies.

The organisations that HOPS works with include, but are not limited to:

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Updated 21/01/2020

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