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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Accessible documents

Examination documents can be provided in OpenDocument Text or another format if required. Anyone requiring such documents should contact the Programme Officer with their request. Email: [email protected]  tel: 01325 406656

Hearing sessions

Examination hearing sessions were held between 25 May and 24 June 2021.  Video recordings of all of those sessions are available to view via the links below.

A further hearing session will be held on Tuesday 7 September 2021 to consider some of the Council’s responses to action points and some of its proposed main modifications. An Agenda and Participants list for this session has now been published below.

View the sessions by clicking on the relevant link below:

Week 1 - 25/05/2021 - 26/05/2021

Week 2: 15/06/2021 - 17/06/2021

Week 3: 22/06/2021 - 24/06/2021

Tuesday 7 September 2021

Due to the current coronavirus legislation and restrictions, and the related 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 [external link].

To view the hearing session live, please follow the link to You Tube, click on ‘Uploads’ above the thumbnail images and choose ‘live now’.

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

Examination documents

Inspector's examination documents

Council's examination documents

Other examination documents

Hearing Statements

Matter 1 - Legal, procedural and general matters

Matter 2 - Amount of development needed in the Borough

Matter 3 - Visions, aims, objectives and spatial strategy

Matter 4 - Housing development

Matter 5 - Meeting particular housing needs

Matter 6 - Gypsy and traveller accommodation

Darlington Borough Council M6 [pdf document]

Matter 7 - Economic development

Matter 8 - Town centres and retail development

Matter 9 - Transport and other infrastructure

Matter 10 - Other strategic and development management policies

Matter 11 - Other issues

Statements for Further Supplementary Questions - August 2021

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.