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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 (CDP) is assessed.

Access to the main evidence library

Our main CDP evidence base sets out the supporting materials for the County Durham Plan, while our CDP evidence base archive captures documentation used for previous planning projects.

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

The SHLAA and brownfield 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.

Open Space Needs Assessment (OSNA)

The OSNA identifies open space across the county. It shows what the open space is (for example allotments, parks or play areas) and how much space is available. The OSNA helps to calculate how much open space is needed within new housing schemes.

Our latest Open Space Needs Assessment is available on our CDP: evidence base and you can also view this using our mapping tool below.

Assessment of the County Durham Plan

The County Durham Plan 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.

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