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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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Documents and evidence used to prepare and assess the County Durham Plan


Search our document library for information and evidence used to help prepare development plans and policies in County Durham. Find details of how the County Durham Plan is assessed.

Access to the main evidence library

The main Evidence Library is held in our consultation portal.

An evidence base archive is also available on the portal which captures all documentation which is no longer relevant to current proposals.

Traveller Site Needs Assessment 2017

We must, as the local Planning Authority, set pitch and plot targets through the planning system, to ensure that Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities have appropriate permanent and transit accommodation. Our Traveller Site Needs Assessment (PDF, 2Mb) provides the evidence to support our County Durham Plan, which is currently being prepared.  It also assists in deciding planning applications relating to Traveller Sites.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and Register of Brownfield Land

The SHLAA and brownfield site register identifies sites within County Durham which have the potential for housing development and the development of brownfield land and form part of the evidence base for the County Durham Plan.

Assessment of the County Durham Plan

The County Durham Plan (CDP) must be sustainable, protect habitats and must not discriminate against anyone. Formal appraisal processes are in place to assess this. Find out more about these assessment processes and the criteria set.