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Supporting documents to prepare and assess The County Durham Plan


Search our evidence library for information and evidence used to help prepare the County Durham Plan. Also find details of how the County Durham Plan (CDP) is assessed. This includes Supplementary Planning documents which support and give more detail on specific local plan policies.

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 earlier versions.

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.

Five Year Housing Land Supply Position Statement 2019

The  Icon for pdf Five Year Housing Land Supply Position Statement 2019 (PDF, 9.7mb) statement sets out Durham County Council's assessment of the housing land supply position in Durham as at 1 April 2019.  The five years covered by the assessment is the period between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2024.  The next position statement will be published in Summer 2020.

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.

Supplementary Planning Documents

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) provide detail to support CDP policies. SPDs must be taken into account (they are material considerations) when making decisions on planning applications.

County Durham Building for Life SPD

This SPD sets down design standards for major new residential development, based on the Building for Life 12 (BfL 12) - the industry standard for the design of new housing developments. We follow the standards in this document as part of our planning approvals process - where appropriate.

Residential Amenity Standards SPD (draft)

This SPD provides guidance on extensions and other domestic developments.  It also sets down guidance on external space/amenity standards for new dwellings.  A second draft of the SPD is currently being consulted on. You can view this at CDP: Residential Amenity Standards Supplementary Planning Document

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