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 new Darlington Local Development Scheme for 2020-2023 was approved by Cabinet in February 2020 and the Council are now progressing to Submission Stage of the Plan.

The Draft Darlington Local Plan and Sustainability Appraisal were consulted on in Summer 2018 and can still be viewed on the consultation portal, but comments can no longer be submitted.

If you would like to be on our consultation database, and sign up to be informed about the next stage of the local plan, please register on our consultation portal.

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]