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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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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 timetable (PDF, 37kb) to progress the plan which was approved at our Cabinet meeting on 6 April 2016.

Timetable for County Durham Plan
Cabinet agree issues and optionsJune 2016
Public consultationJune / July 2016
Cabinet agree preferred optionsNovember 2016
Public consultationDecember 2016 / January 2017
Cabinet agree pre-submission draft planJune 2017
Public consultationJuly / August 2017
Full council agree to submit the planNovember 2017
Plan submissionDecember 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. 

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.

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