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Durham County Council

The County Durham Plan process has been paused while we consider changes that are included in a recently released Government White Paper. See our latest news section for more information.

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Masterplans for specific areas of County Durham

Masterplans and development briefs provide detailed planning guidance for specific areas of the County.


  • help set down how our towns can develop in the future, ensuring that buildings and spaces are of the right type and are in the right place, and complement our existing guidance and documents, including the emerging County Durham Plan
  • can be taken into account as material planning considerations when applications are being considered.

Updated plans have been approved which detail investment and work across the county as well as plans for the future. In addition to highlighting the range of activities undertaken by us - including improvements to town centres, highways, education and health provision - they also identify the development of new businesses, housing and community facilities.

The masterplans will evolve, with the Area Action Partnerships continuing to play a key role in shaping them, to ensure that they reflect the priorities of local residents:

Adopted documents

Below you can find details of all previous masterplan and development brief consultations as well as supporting documentation, such as records of comments made in response to these documents.

Barnard Castle



Seaham and Murton