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Local Green Space Designation

The Council is seeking your views on potential sites for Local Green Space designation.  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 pavillions, boating lakes or war memorials could also be appropriate.  They key characteristic for the designation should be the particular importance to the local community.  More information, including the criteria which the site must meet, can be seen on the Local Green Space Designation page.  Applications must be made by 5pm on Wednesday 21 March 2018.

By Planning Policy Team at 5 Feb 2018

Draft Spatial Plan for Heighington and Middleton St George - Summary of Responses

The summary of the responses received for both the Heighington and Middleton St George Draft Spatial Plan consultations can be visited on our Consultations page.

By Planning Policy Team at 1 Feb 2018

Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment

The Darlington Housing Employment Land  Availability Assessment  2017 (HELAA 2017) assesses the suitability, availability and achievability of sites in the Borough to be considered for allocation in the Local Plan 2016-36.    

The process was previously known as the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA), and has been renamed as the HELAA to reflect its consideration of employment sites alongside housing. All sites that were considered as part of the previous SHLAA (2015) were retained and carried forward into the HELAA to be considered in an up to date context.

For more information please click on the Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment theme page.

By Planning Policy Team at 31 Jan 2018

Draft Spatial Plan Consultations for Heighington and Middleton St George

Thank you to all those who attended the drop in sessions on the 4th and 6th of December. The events were well attended by local residents and local stakeholders. The information presented at the sessions can be viewed on our Consultations page. There is still plenty of time to comment and we will be accepting representations until 8th January 2018.

By Planning Policy Team at 14 Dec 2017

Documents for the Heighington and Middleton St George Draft Spatial Plan consultations are now available

The consultation documents are now available to view on our Consultations page.

As part of the preparation of the New Local Plan, work has been undertaken on exploring future development opportunities at two of the larger villages in Darlington; Middleton St George and Heighington. Draft spatial plans have been drawn up for both of these villages. 

The Council is to consult the villages on these draft spatial plans in order to receive feedback from the community and stakeholders. The consultation will run from  4 Dec 2017 until 8 January 2018. During this period you can provide your views and comments to us on the draft plans.

The comments received will be used to inform the new Local Plan for Darlington and any policies / proposed allocations for the village areas.

The consultation documents for both villages are available to view on our Consultations page.

Drop in sessions are also being held in the villages at the beginning of the consultation period. Council Officers will be in attendance with the draft plan for the village and they will be able to answer any questions which you might have. Please see details  of the locations and times below. 

  • Heighington Village Hall 4th December 2017 3pm – 7pm
  • Middleton St George Woman’s Institute Hall 6th December 2017 3pm – 7pm

It should be noted that this is an early stage to comment and there will be further consultation on a draft Local Plan for Darlington in spring/summer 2018.  

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

By Planning Policy Team at 4 Dec 2017
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