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.


We have paused delivery of the local plan to allow for further analysis to be completed before it is taken to Cabinet for approval.  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.


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 would like to be on our consultation database, please register on our consultation portal.

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]



Additional Drop-in Event - Skerningham Further Traffic Modelling

An additional drop-in session has been arranged in the Community Room at Oban Court on Wednesday 15th January 2020 between 4.00pm and 7.30pm.

By Planning Policy at 9 Jan 2020