Local Plan Examination

The Darlington Local Plan 2016-2036 was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination on 22 December 2020.

All updates about the Local Plan Examination process, timetable and other relevant information will be made available on this page.

Planning Inspector

William Fieldhouse BA (Hons) MA MRTPI has been appointed by the Secretary of State on 4 January 2021 to conduct an independent examination of the Local Plan.

Programme Officer

Contact our Local Plan Programme Officer, Liz Sheard, by email at [email protected],by phone on 01325 406656 or by post at Town Hall, Feethams, Darlington, DL1 5QT.

Latest News and Updates

Examination news and updates

View correspondence and updates relating to the examination as follows:

14 January 2021 The IN1 Inspector’s Examination Guidance Note [pdf document] was published.

Examination Documents

IN1 Inspector’s Examination Guidance Note [pdf document]

Core Documents (CD)

Procedural Documents (PD)

Supporting Documents (SD)

SD01 One Darlington: Perfectly Placed. Sustainable Community Strategy for Darlington (2008-2026) (Amended 2014) [pdf document]

Design, Climate Change and Construction


Employment for Economic Growth

Town Centre and Retail


Transport and Infrastructure

Adopted Local Plan Documents (LP)