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County Durham Plan examination


The County Durham Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for examination on 28 June 2019.

For regular updates, please see the Examination latest news area of the planning consultation portal.

Full details are contained within the Icon for pdf County Durham Plan: Notice of Submission Statement (PDF, 111.2kb) .

An independent examination of the County Durham Plan will now be conducted by the Planning Inspectorate. This is a continuous process running from the date of submission through to the receipt of the appointed Planning Inspector's Report. Part of this process will involve hearing sessions where those who are seeking a change to the Plan will have the right to be heard.

William Fieldhouse BA(Hons) MA MRTPI has been appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether the Local Plan is sound.

Once confirmed, all details relating to the examination process will be advertised, made available online and sent to all respondents via the independent Programme Officer. The Programme Officer is not an employee of the council and will assist the Planning Inspector through the examination. She is responsible for all procedural matters of the examination and all future correspondence regarding the examination will be via the Programme Officer. The contact details for the Programme Officer are:

  • Name: Annette Feeney
  • Address: Programme Officer c/o Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL
  • Telephone: 0777 577 1026
  • Email: annette.feeney@durham.gov.uk

The CDP: examination library  provides access to all supporting evidence and documentation relating to the Local Plan.  All updates about the examination process, including the timetable and available information will be made available via this page.

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