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.

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Hearing sessions

The  examination hearing sessions are now expected to start on Tuesday 25 May 2021 and take place over eight days as follows:

  • Week 1: Tuesday 25 May and Wednesday 26 May 2021
  • Week 2: Tuesday 15 June to Thursday 17 June 2021
  • Week 3: Tuesday 22 June to Thursday 24 June 2021

Tuesday 29 June 2021 is a reserve day that could be used to continue discussion of one or more of the matters if necessary.

Due to uncertainties about what coronavirus legislation and guidance will apply at the time, and capacity issues at Darlington Town Hall, the hearing sessions will be held virtually using Microsoft Teams.  All of the sessions will be broadcast on YouTube.

The dates on which each matter will be discussed, and participants for each session,  will be set out in Inspector’s Note No. 4 which is due to be published in early April.

Examination documents

Core documents (CD)

Procedural documents (PD)

Council topic papers

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)

Privacy notice

The Privacy Notice [external link] for the Local Plan.