A consultation is currently underway on the Skerningham Garden Village Masterplan. This is being prepared by prospective applicants and is not a Darlington Borough Council led consultation.
Further information can be found on https://www.skerningham.co.uk/ By Planning Policy Team at 6 Nov 2023
Natural England (NE) together with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUCH) announced on 16 March 2022 that the entire administrative area of Darlington Borough Council is now located within the catchment area of the Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast Special Protection Area (SPA).
Under the Habitats Regulations, those planning authorities falling within the catchment area must carefully consider the nutrients impacts of any projects, including new development proposals, on habitat sites and whether those impacts may have an adverse effect on the integrity of the site that requires mitigation.
The Tees Catchment Area Planning Authorities recently commissioned a report to investigate the likely occupancy rate of new dwellings in the affected area. The conclusions of the report in relation to Darlington suggested a lower figure than the national figure used in the Natural England published Nutrient Budget Calculator. The figure for Darlington is 1.1 rather than the 2.4 national figure.
Further information and an updated Nutrient Budget Calculator for the Borough is available here:
https://www.darlington.gov.uk/environment-and-planning/planning/planning-application-and-permission/validating-your-application/ By Planning Policy at 24 Mar 2023
A second round of public consultation on the draft Design Code for Skerningham Garden Village ran from 14 December 2022 to 13 January 2023.
After changes were made to the document as a result of the responses from the first consultation in autumn 2022, Cabinet agreed to hold a second consultation to make sure views of residents on the updated document are heard.
Once formally agreed, the design code will be a material planning consideration in determining planning applications and will ensure that Skerningham Garden Village will be developed to a high-quality standard.
Further information can be seen on the webpage. By Planning Policy Team at 19 Jan 2023