Social justice minister Iain Gray said:
'This draft guidance recognises the fundamental changes that have taken place in the economic market since the publication of the previous guidelines in the early 1990s. In particular, it tackles the planning policy implications of a move towards a more knowledge-based economy.
'I would encourage all those with an interest in this important issue to contribute to this consultation exercise.'
The revised guideline focuses on four key planning objectives:
* providing a range of development opportunities
* ensuring that development takes place in sustainable locations
* protecting the environment
* promoting better dialogue between local authorities and business
National Planning policy Guidelines are statements of Scottish executive policy on nationally important land use and planning matters.
The revised draft of National Planning Policy Guideline (NPPG) 2: Economic Development has been issued for an extended period of public consultation. Responses have been requested by 10 May 2002.
The draft has been prepared following discussions with a wide range of interested bodies - in line with the executive's promise to prepare such guidelines in a more open, inclusive and transparent fashion.
Following the end of the consultation period, finalised guidance will be prepared and issued in summer 2002.