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County Durham Plan - what's happened so far


On this page you can see the history of the plan process.

Main Modifications consultation

The Inspector asked that a consultation be carried out on the Main Modifications he considers may be necessary in order for the Plan to be found 'sound'. The Inspector's final conclusions will be set out in his Final Report once he has considered the responses to this consultation. The consultation ran from 8.30am on 26 May 2020 to 5.00pm on 21 July 2020. Please visit our County Durham Plan examination in public - inspector's report update page for more information.

Inspector's Post Hearings advice

Following the completion of examination hearings into the County Durham Plan we received the Inspector's Post Hearings Advice on 20 February 2020. In it he sets out a number of main modifications he considers are necessary to make the plan sound.

These include modifications that we proposed during and following the hearing sessions (most in response to action points or questions from the Inspector). The Inspector considers that they are all necessary to address soundness issues and will be effective in so doing.

See Examination latest news to read the Inspector's Post Hearings Advice in full (select 'Inspector's Note 21 Post Hearing Advice') or see our press release - Inspector supports plan's vision for jobs and housing.

Examination in public hearing sessions

Examination hearings were held between 22 October and 4 December 2019 and on 6 February 2020 at the Glebe Centre, Murton.

Examination of the County Durham Plan

Examination hearings were held between 22 October and 4 December 2019

Submission of the County Durham Plan

Full Council authorised formal submission of the County Durham Plan and associated submission documentation to the Secretary of State for consideration at public examination, on 19 June 2019.  The County Durham Plan will therefore be submitted on 28 June 2019.

Pre-Submission draft

In January 2019, we consulted on the Pre-Submission draft of the County Durham Plan.  This stage of the plan is the final stage before submission of the plan to the Planning Inspectorate for examination.  The plan included a range of policies and proposals to meet the needs of businesses and ensure we get the right homes in the right places. It set out how much development there should be and what that development should look like. This strategy was chosen based on evidence we had gathered, including responses we received from the previous Issues and Options, and Preferred Options consultations. We consulted on the Pre-Submission Draft from 25 January until 8 March 2019.

You can view this version of the plan, as well as representations received and the council's responses on the CDP: pre-submission draft page.

Preferred Options

In summer 2018 we completed the Preferred Options stage of the plan - where you told us what you thought of the plan.

The Preferred Options stage of the plan included a range of policies and proposals to meet the needs of businesses and ensure we get the right homes in the right places. It set out how much development there should be and what that development should look like. This strategy was chosen based on evidence we had gathered, including responses we received from the previous Issues and Options consultation. The consultation on the Preferred Options took place from 22 June to 3 August 2018.

You can view this version of the plan, as well as representations received and the council's responses on the CDP: preferred options page.

Issues and Options

In June 2016 we consulted on the first stage of the new plan. The Issues and Options document identified a range of issues relevant to the future planning of County Durham, and different options for addressing them. The response to the Issues and Options informed the preferred options for moving the county forward.

A consultation on the Issues and Options ran from 24 June until 5 August 2016, asking questions such as:

  • What will make the area where you live better?
  • Have we identified the right issues?
  • Do we take account of your needs and the needs of your community?

You can view this version of the plan, as well as representations received and the council's responses on the CDP: issues and options page.

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