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Question ref. S6W-03871
Asked by: Paul McLennan, East Lothian, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 21 October 2021


To ask the Scottish Government how it plans to strengthen policy on ancient woodland and veteran tree protection in National Planning Framework 4.

Current status: Answered by Tom Arthur on 15 November 2021


Our draft National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) sets out how our approach to planning and development will help to achieve a net zero, sustainable Scotland by 2045. This includes draft planning policy on Trees, Woodland and Forestry, which states that development proposals should not be supported where they would result in; any loss of ancient woodlands, ancient and veteran trees, or adverse impact on their ecological condition.

Views are currently being invited on the draft NPF4 alongside parliamentary scrutiny, following which we anticipate producing a final version for approval and adoption around summer 2022.

The draft NPF4 is available to view on the Scottish Government website at: Scotland 2045 - fourth National Planning Framework: draft - ( .