New Development - Town Centres and Retailing
The IPPS updates the Darlington town centre boundary and primary and secondary shopping frontages shown on the 1997 Borough of Darlington Local Plan Proposals Map. As this update reflects significant recent research and takes account of feedback from consultations, we propose to take these forward unaltered into the new Local Plan, unless trends in the way town centres are used dictates otherwise.
We propose retaining and protecting the existing hierarchy of district and local centres set out in the IPPS and the Core Strategy, but it may be necessary to identify new/expanded one(s) if significant new housing is planned in an area not already well served by existing shops and services. We also propose to keep the local requirement on developers to provide retail impact assessments for proposals for out of centre development, as long as it continues to accord with national planning policy.