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Current consultations

We want to give everyone who lives in County Durham, works here or comes to visit, the chance to help improve our services and influence the decisions we make. One way that we do this is through holding consultations.

Before making significant changes to any of our services we ask the public for their views. This helps us ensure our services meet the needs of our communities. For details on how we consult with people, please download our consultation and engagement strategy.

Current consultations

River Skerne consultation

The Bright Water Landscape Partnership brings together the local authorities of Durham and Darlington with other organisations interested in the environment, history and society of the River Skerne catchment. The Partnership covers an area of approximately 200km2 within lowland County Durham and Darlington, from Hurworth Burn reservoir to South Park in Darlington. The project area includes the communities of Great Aycliffe and Newton Aycliffe, Sedgefield, Bishop Middleham, Fishburn, Heighington, Brafferton, Barmpton and Darlington.

We are putting together a programme of activities and projects to reveal a heritage of change and innovation, support opportunities to enhance and enjoy the natural, built and farmed landscape, realise gifts for now and the future, raise aspirations and inspire communities. We need the ideas and views of local people to make sure we deliver the best project possible and one that champions the Bright Water area.

To find out more and to put your ideas forward please contact Helen Ryde on 0191 584 3112, email or fill in the Durham Wildlife Trust's online form.

Closing date for comments is Tuesday 31 March 2015.

Community Buildings Grant consultation

The Community Buildings Grant is a non-recurring grant for community building management groups. It has supported the council's Community Buildings Strategy to 'ensure that by 2014 the county has a network of sustainable, well placed, highly valued and well used community buildings which are controlled by local people'. 

We are now consulting with community building management groups to seek their views on the review of the Community Building Grant.  As part of this review, we propose to withdraw the grant and instead offer advice to management groups to help them to be self-sustainable, including funding advice. 

Community Buildings Grant consultation

Closing date for comments is Friday 27 February 2015.

Ongoing consultations

We work on a variety of planning schemes across the county and some of these applications require a consultation process. You can find:

Previous consultations

When our consultations close, we analyse the information we receive and make decisions based on that information. Find out about previous consultations: