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Neighbourhood planning - what's happening?


See if a neighbourhood planning group in the area you live or work in is producing a neighbourhood plan, and what stage they are at.

Neighbourhood Plan referendums

Neighbourhood Planning Referendums were held on Thursday 6 May 2021 for Durham City Neighbourhood Plan, Lanchester Neighbourhood Plan and Oakenshaw Neighbourhood Plan. Those who live within the Neighbourhood Plan Area were asked 'Do you want us to use the Neighbourhood Plan to help decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area?' More than half of those voting have voted in favour of the Neighbourhood Plans. 

Neighbourhood Plan referendum results

You can view the Neighbourhood Plan referendum results at:

Current consultations

There are no current consultations.

    A-Z Neighbourhood plan - progress to date

    The list below sets out neighbourhood plans which have progressed beyond the designation stage and are currently active or adopted. There are seven stages that a neighbourhood plan has to go through which are shown on our Neighbourhood planning step by step process web page. If an area is not listed, it is likely that no neighbourhood planning activity has started for that area.

    If you are interested in pursuing neighbourhood planning we recommend you contact your local parish or town council in the first instance and before contacting us. If you are interested in setting up a neighbourhood forum in an unparished area, please contact us for more information.

    PlaceLatest stage and documentsDocuments from previous stages
    Cassop-cum-Quarrington

    Stage 5 - independent examination

    Examiner's report

    Representations sent to the examiner: 

    Questions raised by the examiner and responses:

    Stage 4 - submission publicity and consultation 

    Stage 3 - pre-submission publicity and consultation

    Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

    Cotherstone

    Stage 3 - pre-submission publicity and consultation

    Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

    Coxhoe

    Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

     

    Dene Valley

    Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

     
    Durham City

    Stage 7 - neighbourhood plan is adopted

    Stage 6 - referendum

    Stage 5 - independent examination

    Examiner's report

    Representations sent to the examiner:

      Stage 4 - submission publicity and consultation

      Stage 3 - pre-submission publicity and consultation

      Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

      2017 draft

      Stage 3 - pre-submission publicity and consultation

      Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

      Gainford and Langton

      Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

       

      Great Aycliffe

      Stage 7 - neighbourhood plan is adopted

       

      Stage 6 - referendum

      Stage five - independent examination:

      Stage 3 - pre-submission publicity and consultation:

      Stage 1 - neighbourhood area agreed:

      Lanchester

      Stage 7 - neighbourhood plan is adopted

       

        Stage 6 - referendum

        Stage 5 - independent examination

        Examiner's report

        Questions raised by the examiner and responses:

        Representations sent to the examiner:

        Stage 4 - submission publicity and consultation

        Stage 3 - pre-submission publicity and consultation

        Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

        Middridge

        Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

         

        Oakenshaw

        Stage 7 - neighbourhood plan is adopted

        Stage 6 - referendum

        Stage 5 - independent examination

        Examiners report:

        Representations sent to the examiner:

        Questions raised by the examiner and responses:

        Stage 4 - submission publicity and consultation

        Please visit Greater Willington Town Council to see the plan and supporting documents.

        Stage 3 - pre-submission publicity and consultation

        Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

        Sedgefield

        Stage 7 - neighbourhood plan is adopted

        Latest draft

        Stage 6 - referendum

        Stage 5 - independent examination

        Examiners report:

        Questions raised by the examiner and responses:

        Representations sent to the examiner:

        Stage 4 - submission publicity and consultation

          Stage 3 - pre-submission publicity and consultation

          2016 draft

          Withdrawal letter

          Stage 5 - examiner's report received

          Stage 3 - pre-submission publicity and consultation

          Designation

          Stage 1 - neighbourhood area agreed

          Startforth

          Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

           
          Whorlton

          Stage 7 - neighbourhood plan is adopted

          Stage 6 - referendum

          Stage 5 - independent examination

          Stage 3 - pre submission publicity and consultation

          Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

          Witton Gilbert

          Stage 7 - neighbourhood plan is adopted

          Stage 6 - referendum

          Stage 5 - independent examination

          Questions raised by the examiner and responses:

          Stage 4 - submission publicity and consultation

          Stage 3 - pre-submission publicity and consultation

          Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

            Neighbourhood areas approved

            The list below sets out neighbourhood areas which have been approved throughout the county.

            PlaceLatest stage and documents
            Barnard Castle

            Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

            Bearpark

            Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

            Eggleston

            Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

            Ferryhill

            Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

            Haswell

            Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

            Monk Hesleden

            Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

            Sherburn Village

            Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

            Shotton

            Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

            Stanley

            Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

            Tow Law

            Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

            West Auckland

            Stage 1 - neighbourhood area approved

             

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