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Planning and environmental policy

Please note, if you wish to speak to someone about planning permission or a planning application, please call Development Management on 01325 405777.


Local Plan Deposit (Regulation 19) Representation Period - Update

Due to the ongoing and developing situation with the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic we are currently unable to advise when the Local Plan will be placed on deposit. Anyone who has previously commented on the Local Plan or registered on the consultation portal will be informed when we are in a position to place the Plan on Deposit. As you will appreciate we would not want to be in a position where people were unable to be involved. For further information please visit our Local Plan website 

Local Plan paused to allow for further analysis

We have paused the delivery of the local plan to allow for further analysis to be completed before it is taken to cabinet in the new year for approval.  Further information can be seen on the Council's News page.

The Regulation 6 Consultation on the Middleton St George Neighbourhood Area has now closed

The Council consulted on the Middleton St George Neighbourhood Area from 13 February 2019 to 29 March 2019. More information can be seen on the Neighbourhood Planning page

The Regulation 16 Consultation on the Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent Neighbourhood Plan has now closed.

The Council consulted on the Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent Neighbourhood Plan from Tuesday 20 November 2018 to Monday 7 January 2019.  More information can be viewed on the  Neighbourhood Planning page

The Draft Darlington Local Plan 2016-2036 Consultation has now closed.

Thank you to all those who have submitted comments and attended our consultation events. Your comments are now being processed and reviewed.

The next stage will be a report to Members with recommendations based on the comments received. This is anticipated to happen in the new year, with dates to be confirmed.

For further details about the Local Plan please visit the designated Local Plan website [external link]

Heighington and Middleton St George - Draft Spatial Plan Consultation 

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 consulted the villages on these draft spatial plans from the 4th Dec 2017 until 8th January 2018.

Draft Planning and Development Brief for Blackwell - Consultation has now ended

The Council consulted on a draft Planning and Development Brief for Land to the East of Carmel Road South (Sites HE1 to HE4 - Former Blackwell Grange Golf Course).

New Local Plan – Issues and Scoping Consultation

A new 20 year Darlington Local Plan 2016-2036 is being prepared for the whole Borough. Once adopted, it will be the development plan for all matters except minerals and waste. It will replace the existing adopted Darlington Local Development Framework Core Strategy (2011) [pdf document], and saved policies of the Borough of Darlington Local Plan

The Issues and Scoping Consultation has ended. For more information please visit the New Local Plan 2016-2036 page or our microsite

Making and Growing Places

Members have now agreed to formally withdraw the draft Making and Growing Places DPD to enable work to start on a comprehensive new Local Plan. For further information, please visit the New Local Plan page

Obtaining copies of planning documents

Paper copies of published documents can be viewed at the Town Hall, Darlington during normal office hours (8:45am - 4:45pm Monday - Thursdays, 8:45am - 4:15pm Fridays).

The following planning documents are available to order:

Contact us at or 01325 406724