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Council Plan and service plans


The Council Plan is our high level plan and is underpinned by a series of plans for service groupings. It covers three years and is updated annually.

Council Plan 2020 to 2023

In 2019, public, private and voluntary sector bodies that make up the County Durham Partnership jointly agreed a long-term Vision for County Durham for 2035. This vision is based on a strategic assessment of need using our intelligence platform Durham Insight and was developed following extensive consultation with the public. Our Council Plan sets out the council's contribution to achieving this vision for County Durham as well as our own improvement agenda and major programmes of work that we will be undertaking over the medium term to recover from COVID-19.

The Plan aligns to both our Budget/Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) and the County Durham Plan. It sets out

  • how we will consider our corporate priorities for improvement
  • the key actions we will take to achieve the longer-term ambitions in the County Durham Vision 2035
  • our own improvement agenda.

The MTFP 2021/22 to 2024/25 sets out how our priorities will be resourced and the County Durham Plan is a spatial representation of our ambitions contained within the Council Plan around housing, jobs and the environment until 2035, as well as the transport, schools and healthcare to support it. 

Our Council Plan for 2020-2023 was discussed at Cabinet on 16 September 2020 and at the meeting of full council on 21 October 2020.

Our ambitions within the Plan are structured around three themes for County Durham:

  • Create more and better jobs
  • People live long and independent lives - improving health and wellbeing
  • Support communities to be well connected and supportive of each other 

In addition, one theme specifically for the council

  • An Excellent Council - to ensure corporate initiatives to transform its operations and enable are achieved against the five priority themes. 

View the Council Plan

The Council Plan is available from this link:  Icon for pdf Durham County Council Plan 2020-23 (PDF, 1.4mb)

We will report on the progress we make in our Council Plan as part of our council performance.

Contact us
Corporate Performance
03000 268 015
Our address is:
  • Planning and Performance
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UF
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