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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. These include Local Plans, which were put in place for the former districts of County Durham before the local authority was unitised in 2009, together with Neighbourhood Plans which have subsequently been 'made' (or adopted) for certain areas. Local Plans are statutory planning documents which shape the development policy for a particular area for land-use, development and protection.

Together these Plans set out information on how planning and development is currently managed. The saved policies in Local Plans will continue to influence planning and development decisions until the County Durham Plan replaces them. Policies in Neighbourhood Plans sit alongside Local Plan and County Durham Plan policies.

There are seven Local Plans for County Durham plus a Minerals Plan and a Waste Plan. They are listed below along with the made Neighbourhood Plans:

AreaDevelopment PlansSaved Local Plan PoliciesNeighbourhood Plans
Chester-le-StreetChester-le-Street Local Plan Icon for pdf Chester-le-Street local plan saved policies (PDF, 2.1mb)  
DerwentsideDerwentside Local Plan Icon for pdf Derwentside local plan saved policies (PDF, 1.6mb)  
Durham CityDurham City Local Plan Icon for pdf City of Durham local plan saved policies (PDF, 2.0mb)  - Please note an Article 4 Direction has been confirmed for a defined area of Durham City for 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. Icon for pdf Witton Gilbert Neighbourhood Plan - Adopted December 2019 (PDF, 8.7mb)
EasingtonEasington Local Plan Icon for pdf Easington local plan saved policies (PDF, 2.7mb)  
SedgefieldSedgefield Borough Local Plan Icon for pdf Sedgefield local plan saved policies (PDF, 1.7mb)

Icon for pdf Great Aycliffe adopted neighbourhood plan (PDF, 6.6mb)

Icon for pdf Sedgefield adopted neighbourhood plan 23 October 2019 (PDF, 7.4mb)

TeesdaleTeesdale Local Plan Icon for pdf Teesdale local plan saved policies (PDF, 1.3mb) Icon for pdf Whorlton Village adopted neighbourhood plan (PDF, 355.1kb)
Wear ValleyWear Valley District Local Plan Icon for pdf Wear Valley local plan saved policies (PDF, 2.0mb)  Please note that policy TM7: New Caravan and Chalet Sites has now expired. 
MineralsMinerals Local Plan Icon for pdf Minerals local plan saved policies (PDF, 33.5kb)  
WasteWaste Local Plan Icon for pdf Waste local plan saved policies (PDF, 764.9kb)  

National planning guidance

National planning guidance can also inform decisions on planning proposals. The most recent national planning guidelines are:

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