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County Durham Plan - what's happened so far?


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

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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