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Current policy:

Planning policy webpage:

The existing development plan is made up of a number of documents (Local Plans) that were put in place for the former districts of County Durham before the local authority was unitised in 2009.  Local Plans are statutory planning documents which shape the development policy for a particular area for land-use, development and protection.

Together, these existing Local Plans, set out information on how planning and development is currently managed. Saved policies in these Local Plans will continue to influence planning and development decisions until the County Durham Plan replaces them.

There are seven Local Plans for County Durham plus a Minerals Plan and a Waste Plan. They are listed below:

 Chester-Le-Street Local Plan

 Derwentside Local Plan

 Durham City Local Plan

 Easington Local Plan

 Sedgefield Local Plan

 Teesdale Local Plan

 Wear Valley Local Plan

 Minerals Local Plan

 Waste Local Plan

Given the timescale for introducing the County Durham Plan, and the dated nature of some of the above local plan policies, there is a degree of uncertainty in determining planning proposals.  A Policy Position Statement (revised and approved by Cabinet in April 2016) has, therefore been prepared to set out how planning proposals will be assessed, thus providing for more consistency and certainty. It includes guidance on matters such as:

 the status of local planning documents,

 five-year housing land supply, and

 infrastructure requirements and planning obligations.

(DCC website 30th Dec 17)

Future policy: County Durham Local Plan

Planning policy webpage:

Timetable: Durham County Council is to resume the process of compiling the Durham Plan

The timetable was updated at the Durham County Council Cabinet meeting 15th November 2017, (Report for agenda item 6, paragraph 20):


Review progress and re-start the plan process  Winter 2017

Cabinet agree Preferred Options  Spring/Summer 2018

Consultation     Summer/Autumn 2018

Cabinet agree Pre-submission Draft   Winter 2018

Consultation      Winter/Spring 2018/19

Full Council agree submission   Summer 2019

Submission     Summer 2019

Examination in Public (Strategic Issues)  Autumn 2019

Examination in Public (Site Allocations)  Spring 2020

Adoption     Summer 2020

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