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The consultation on the Proposed Modifications to the Darlington Local Plan, as required from the conclusions of the Inspector, has now closed.

The consultation period started on Tuesday 19 October 2021 and ran until 5pm on Tuesday 30 November 2021.  Further information can be seen here.


Local Plan

After receiving Council approval on 20 February 2020 the recommended changes made to the Draft Local Plan formed the Proposed Submission Local Plan.  This was consulted on from Thursday 6 August 2020 for 6 weeks until Thursday 17 September 2020.

The Council submitted the Darlington Local Plan to the Secretary of State for formal public examination on 22 December 2020.

The examination hearing sessions were held between 25 May and 24 June 2021.  Further details can be seen here.


Middleton St George Neighbourhood Area Regulation 6 Consultation

The Regulation 6 consultation on the Middleton St George Neighbourhood Area ended on Friday 29 March 2019. More information can be seen on the Neighbourhood Planning page on the Council's main website.

Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 16 Consultation

The Regulation 16 consultation on the Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent Neighbourhood Plan ended on 7 January 2019.  The Council is now collating all of the representations and then they will be passed to an independent examiner appointed by the Council.  The examiner will review the comments and the plan documents and will assess whether the plan meets the basic conditions and legislation.  More information will be provided on the Neighbourhood Planning page on the Council's main website.


Darlington Draft Local Plan 2016-2036

The consultation on the Draft Darlington Local Plan 2016-2036 closed on the 2 August 2018. Thank you to all those who submitted comments and attended our consultation events.  Your comments are 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 in Spring 2020, 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.


Local Greenspace Designation    

Thank you for your submissions for potential sites for Local Green Space designation, the consultation period ended on 21 March 2018.  There are no restrictions on the type of green space which can be designated as Local Green Space.  Allotments or urban spaces that provide a tranquil oasis could be designated.  Land which is partly developed with structures such as sports pavilions, boating lakes or war memorials could also be appropriate.  The key characteristic for the designation should be its particular importance to the local community.  For more information, including the criteria which sites must meet, can be seen on the Local Green Space Designation page.  


Heighington and Middleton St George - Draft Spatial Plan Consultation

Thank you to all of those people who attended the drop in sessions on the 4th and 6th of December 2017 and thank you to those who have submitted comments. The drop in events were well attended by local residents and local stakeholders. The information presented at the sessions can be viewed via the links below. Summary documents of the comments received can also be viewed below. The issues and concerns raised will help to inform policies and proposed allocations in the village areas in the new Darlington Local Plan. 

Heighington Responses Summary

Middleton St George Responses Summary

For information, the consultation documents and presentations can be seen below:


Heighington Call for Sites Plan

Heighington Draft Spatial Plan

Heighington Village Hall Consultation Presentation

Comments form (word document)

Middleton St George

MSG Call for Sites Plan

MSG Draft Spatial Plan

MSG Village Hall Consultation Presentation

Comments form (word document)

Drop in sessions were held in the villages at the beginning of the consultation period. 

If you have any queries regarding the above please contact Fiona McCall (Planning Officer) on 01325 406476 or [email protected]


Skerningham Masterplan

Consultations on emerging proposals for the development of land to the North of Darlington took place during October 2017.

The promoters of the Skerningham Garden Village site, Theakston Estates, have been engaging with local residents and businesses so that their views can be used to inform the development of a masterplan for the site.  Once completed the masterplan will be submitted to the Council to inform any potential allocation in the forthcoming Local Plan.

For further information please visit the Skerningham Masterplan page.  

Greater Faverdale Masterplan

The Masterplanning Framework for Greater Faverdale has been commissioned by the Hellens Group, who are the promoters of the scheme.  Once completed the Masterplanning Framework options will be submitted to the Council to inform any potential allocation in the forthcoming Local Plan. 

More details can be found on the Greater Faverdale Masterplan page. 

Improving roads, improving lives

We are always looking at ways to improve the Borough and its economy. In partnership with the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the four other Tees Valley councils and Highways England, we have set out proposals for better transport connections across the whole area.

These proposals include a new Tees Crossing, taking some pressure off the A19 Tees Viaduct, and enhanced east-west connectivity with improvements to the A66 between the A1(M) and Teesport, which includes the possibility of a new Darlington Bypass.

Issues and Scoping - Summer 2016

The Issues and Scoping Stage consultation took place over the Summer of 2016.  In November 2016 the Cabinet approved a report on the Darlington Local Plan based on the findings of the consultation.