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What is the County Durham Plan?

All councils are required to have a plan for development in their area known as a Local Plan. Ours is called the County Durham Plan.

The plan sets out a range of development proposals as well as planning policies for the county until 2035.

See our animation to find out how this affects you.

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What's in the County Durham Plan?

The plan presents a vision for potential housing, jobs and the environment until 2035 as well as the transport, schools and healthcare to support it. It's based on evidence about the county, alongside opportunities and challenges identified by residents and businesses during the previous consultation. 

You can find out more about what's in the current plan on our Find out more about the County Durham Plan page.

You can see more about the evidence used on our Documents and evidence used page.

What's the process for the plan?

We recently completed the Preferred Options stage of the plan, where you told us what you thought of the plan, and if there was anything different that you want to see.

We are now considering these responses to develop a Pre-Submission Draft of the plan and then we'll ask you to let us know what you think of this too.

These comments will be presented alongside the plan to an independent examiner who will decide whether the plan goes ahead.

You can see a more detailed timetable in our  Icon for pdf County Durham Local Development Scheme 2017 (PDF, 269.2kb)

What's happened so far?

You can find details of the process to date on our County Durham Plan - what's happened so far? page.

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