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.
Find out about the County Durham Plan (CDP) - what it is, how it will benefit the county and the people who live, work and visit here and how you can get involved in shaping it?
All councils are expected to have what's known as a Local Plan, ours will be called the County Durham Plan.
Once in place, the County Durham Plan will set out the new development planned for the county, where it will take place and how it will be managed. This will include potential sites for businesses and houses as well as everything that supports them, such as roads, shops, utilities and education.
The plan will also contain policies for how we determine planning applications.
We've come up with an outline timetable (PDF, 37kb) to progress the plan which was approved at our Cabinet meeting on 6 April 2016.
|Cabinet agree issues and options||June 2016|
|Public consultation||June / July 2016|
|Cabinet agree preferred options||November 2016|
|Public consultation||December 2016 / January 2017|
|Cabinet agree pre-submission draft plan||June 2017|
|Public consultation||July / August 2017|
|Full council agree to submit the plan||November 2017|
|Plan submission||December 2017|
The timetable is designed to put a sound plan in place as soon as possible while making sure we take time to listen to everyone's views.
The get involved page lists our current CDP consultations and details about how you can contact us with your comments.
You can find details of the process to date on our County Durham Plan - what's happened so far? page.