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About the County Durham Plan

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?

Why do we need a plan?

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. 

When will it be happening?

We've come up with an outline Icon for pdf timetable (PDF, 269.2kb)  to progress the plan which was approved at our Cabinet meeting on 15 November 2017.

The timetable includes consultation stages



Review progress and re-start the plan process

Winter 2017

Cabinet agree Preferred Options

Spring/Summer 2018


Summer/Autumn 2018

Cabinet agree Pre-submission Draft

Winter 2018


Winter/Spring 2018/19

Full council agree submission

Summer 2019


Summer 2019

Examination in Public (Strategic Issues)

Autumn 2019

Examination in Public (Site Allocations)

Spring 2020


Summer 2020

It 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.

How can I get involved in the County Durham Plan?

The get involved page lists our current CDP consultations and details about how you can contact us with your comments. 

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.

Other relevant strategies, policies and plans

Contact us
Spatial Policy
03000 261 908
Our address is:
  • Room 4/24
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UQ
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