A New Local Plan for Darlington

A new development plan for long term investment and growth for Darlington is being prepared for the next 20 years, up to 2036. It will set out where significant new development should go and will include policies to protect valued environments and heritage, and ensure liveable places.

We need to ensure our population’s needs for housing, a thriving economy, community facilities and infrastructure are met, as well as safeguarding the environment, adapting to climate change and securing good design. By 2036, there could be at least 10,000 new homes, supporting the creation of at least 7000 new jobs and helping to sustain a vibrant town centre and high quality sports and recreation facilities and spaces. The Local Plan will be a framework of policies and guidance that will make growth happen in a well thought out, sustainable way.


The consultation on the Draft Darlington Local Plan 2016-2036 has now closed. Thank you to all those who have submitted comments and attended our consultation events.  Your comments are now being processed and reviewed.  The next stage will be a report to Members with recommendations based on the comments received.  This is anticipated to happen later this year, with dates to be confirmed.  The Draft Darlington Local Plan and Sustainability Appraisal can still be viewed on the consultation portal, but comments can no longer be submitted.


Details of our consultation methods can be seen within our Engagement Plan which shows how the Council is engaging with communities and stakeholders about the Draft Local Plan.

If you’re looking for Darlington’s adopted planning policies and planning position statement these can be found in the Planning pages on the main Council Website. [Opens new tab/window]



Darlington's Five Year Housing Land Supply Position Report

The Darlington Five Year Housing Land Supply Position report sets out the five year land supply assessment, for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2023.

By Planning Policy Team at 7 Aug 2018

The Consultation on the Draft Darlington Local Plan 2016 - 2036 has now closed.

Thank you to all those who took part in our consultation.

By Planning Policy Team at 7 Aug 2018

Consultation ends TODAY at 5pm

Today is the last day for getting your comments to us about the Draft Darlington Local Plan 2016-2036. The consultation ends today, Thursday 2 August, at 5pm.

By Planning Policy Team at 2 Aug 2018