What's currently in place to support planning and development decision making?
Find information about our Development Plan, which sets out how planning and development in County Durham is managed currently until the County Durham Plan is in place.
What does the Development Plan consist of?
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:
|Area||Development Plans||Saved Local Plan Policies|
|Chester-le-Street||Chester-le-Street Local Plan|
|Derwentside||Derwentside Local Plan|
|Durham City||Durham City Local Plan||student accommodation (purpose built and houses in multiple occupation) from 16 September 2016. Please also note that policy H7 City Centre housing has now expired.- Please note an Article 4 Direction has been confirmed for a defined area of Durham City for|
|Easington||Easington Local Plan|
|Sedgefield||Sedgefield Borough Local Plan|
|Teesdale||Teesdale Local Plan|
|Wear Valley||Wear Valley District Local Plan||Please note that policy TM7: New Caravan and Chalet Sites has now expired.|
|Minerals||Minerals Local Plan|
|Waste||Waste Local Plan|
National planning guidance
The most recent national planning guidelines are:
- National Planning Policy Framework (March 2012)
- Planning Practice Guidance (March 2014)
- National Planning Policy for Waste (October 2014)
- Waste Management Plan for England
- National Policy Statements
Draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
The government has recently consulted on changes to the NPPF. Download our.