The National Planning Framework (NPF) is the Scottish Government's long-term spatial strategy for the development of Scotland, setting out where development and infrastructure is needed.

It is part of the development plan, and so influences planning decisions across Scotland.

The statutory development plan for Falkirk comprises the National Planning Framework and the local development plan. National Planning Framework 4 was adopted by Scottish Ministers on 13 February 2023, following approval by the Scottish Parliament in January.

It replaces NPF3 and Scottish Planning Policy.