Skerningham Masterplan

Skerningham Masterplan Consultation 


This consultation has now ended.

Consultation on emerging proposals for the development of land to the North of Darlington town took place during October 2017. 

The promoters of the Skerningham Garden Village site, Theakston Estates, have been engaging with local residents and businesses so that their views can be used to inform the development of a masterplan for the site.  

Once completed the masterplan will be submitted to the Council to inform any potential allocation in the forthcoming Local Plan.  

Two consultation events took place at the Harrowgate Club and Institute, Salters Lane North, Darlington, on Wednesday 11th October and Saturday 14th October 2017 where the project team developing the masterplan were on hand at these events to discuss the proposals and answer any questions. 

A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be viewed here.  Further details can also be seen at                    

Please Note: This consultation was organised by Theakston Estates and all correspondence on the proposals should be directed accordingly. 


The Site

The Skerningham area to the north east of Darlington, was identified as having potential for housing development as part of the Local Plan Issues and Scoping consultation held in August 2016. In November 2016, the Council’s Cabinet agreed to engage with the Advisory Team for Large Applications (ATLAS), part of the Homes and Communities Agency, to investigate how this part of the Borough could contribute to meeting the Borough’s housing needs in a planned, sustainable way.

The Council has begun a master planning exercise involving major land owners and other stakeholders, including a number of studies to identify opportunities and constraints in the area. This includes assessing the impacts significant development would have on ecology, historic assets and landscape setting, as well as establishing the infrastructure and community facilities which would be required to support a sustainable community, integrated with the existing urban area. The site has also been identified as a potential strategic east-west route between the A1 and the A66. 

Updated information will continue to be posted on this page in relation to the Skerningham Masterplan.