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A New Local Plan for Darlington

A new development plan for long term investment and growth for Darlington has been adopted. It sets out where significant new development should go and includes policies to protect valued environments and heritage, and ensure liveable places.

This plan seeks 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 is a framework that will make growth happen in a well thought out and sustainable way.


The Darlington Borough Local Plan 2016 – 2036 [pdf document]

Policies Map [pdf document] 

An interactive Policies Map is also available.


The Darlington Borough Local Plan was the subject of an independent examination conducted by William Fieldhouse, BA(Hons) MA, MRTPI, an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. In his report published in January 2022 the Inspector confirmed, subject to a number of main modifications, the Plan was sound and capable of adoption. The recommended main modifications, along with the consequential minor modifications, have been included in the adopted Darlington Borough Local Plan (2016-2036) document, which now carries full weight in the consideration of planning applications and replaces the ‘saved’ policies of the Borough of Darlington Local Plan 1997 (updated 2001) and the Darlington Core Strategy (2011).


More information about Planning Policy in Darlington is available here.


Nutrient Neutrality Advice - Updated 24 March 2023

Natural England (NE) together with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUCH) announced on 16 March 2022 that the entire administrative area of Darlington Borough Council is now located within the catchment area of the Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast Special Protection Area (SPA).

By Planning Policy at 24 Mar 2023