The County Durham Plan is the main ‘spatial’ development plan for the County of Durham. It is produced by Durham County Council who use it, amongst other things, to decide planning applications. It is currently under preparation. You can find out about the latest position on this page.
Durham County Council end consultation on Preferred Options of the latest County Durham Plan documents
Durham County Council have finished consulting on the latest stage in the production of the County Durham Plan. In particular the County Council was consulting on the County Durham Plan Preferred Options Document between the 22nd June 2018 and the 3rd August 2018. You can find out all you need to know about the plan from the Durham County Council County Durham Plan webpages
The County Durham Plan sets the planning framework up to 2035 to support the development of a thriving economy in County Durham while at the same time protecting those things that are important to us all. It identifies a number of sites for new employment, new housing and new infrastructure to accommodate the growth needed to achieve these ambitions. Details of dates, times and venues of consultation events are available to view here. Area Action Partnership meetings will also be considering the County Durham Plan Preferred Options.
Housing has always been on of the biggest issues in the villages. It would appear that the Plan does not specifically allocate any new housing at Coxhoe as part of the Preferred Options (Policy 5). This is largely because the major sites previously earmarked in Coxhoe such as Bogma Hall Farm have all now been given planning permission by Durham County Council, despite previous objections. The proposals, however, do allow the the development of other unallocated sites in built up areas the future including any that are allocated in neighbourhood plans. to be acceptable under the preferrred policy the sites much meet a range of criteria such as having acceptable highway access, enuring development does not contribute to the coalescence of settlements and has good access to sustainable modes of transport (policy 7).
The Preferred Options document was available to view at the County Council website at: http://www.durham.gov.uk/future, at the council’s customer access points, and at libraries. You can download a copy direct from the link below;
In addition to the County Durham Plan Preferred Options the consultation also provides an opportunity to comment on the following documents:
The Sustainability Appraisal;
Habitat Regulation Assessment;
Building for Life Supplementary Planning Document;
Durham City Sustainable Transport Delivery Plan;
County Durham Parking and Accessibility Guidelines; and
Statement of Community Involvement.
More information on the purpose of these documents and why they are important is set out on the County Durham Plan website alongside the County Durham Plan’s evidence base.
If you wished to comment on the County Durham Plan Preferred Options you had to do so in writing by 4.30pm, 3rd August 2018. The County Council encouraged you to submit your views online at: www.durham.gov.uk/future
Alternatively you could have:
- Email comments to: CDPconsultation@durham.gov.uk
- Write to: FREEPOST Spatial Policy (no other details are required for the address
If you have any questions telephone: 03000 260000.
Previous consultation on Durham County Council Issues and Options – Hundreds of new houses for Coxhoe?
Durham County Council previous major consultations on the County Durham Plan took place in 2016. This included consultation on the County Durham Plan Issue and Options June 2016. The County Durham Plan set out how much development is required in the county, including housing, jobs and shopping, and look to place it where people want to live and where businesses want to invest. It also considered the infrastructure needed to support new development, including schools, transport and green space.The plan will also include policies to encourage new businesses and grow our economy; protect and enhance our environment; encourage tourism; support rural areas and ensure good quality design.This was an important document of crucial importance to Neighbourhood Planning in Coxhoe and Quarrington Hill. it was vitally important that residents in our communities find out what the issues are and make their views loud and clear. While the plan covered all aspects of planning there some options for planning which might have a significant impact on Coxhoe. It is vitally important that our community responded to the consultation as this is our chance to try and avoid even more houses being planned for our village without appropriate infrastructure.
If you lived in Coxhoe or Quarrington Hill you should have received a yellow leaflet at the time raising your awareness of these options together with a copy of the County Council’s official response form. The Parish Council urged local residents to make their views know on the future of our villages by responding formally to the consultation. This may have been your last chance, please take advantage of it. You can download copies of the local leaflet and the official County council response form here:
What were the housing implications for Coxhoe in 2016?
While is not intended to summarise all the issues and options in the consultation here it is felt that it would be helpful to set out some of the housing issues as this is the most likely to have a greater impact on our Parish. In the Issues and Options Document the County Council are setting out options of the provision of between 29,000 and 33,000 houses from 2104 to 2033 at rate of development of between 1500 and 1700 per year. There are four options for where these will go.
Option 1 Main Town Focus
In this Option most housing will take place in Durham City with 28% of housing taking place in Durham City with 12% in the central villages close to Durham, including Coxhoe (between approximately 3,500 and 4,000 houses)
Option 2 Sustainable Communities
In this Option housing will be more equally shared around the east of the County again with 12% in the central villages close to Durham, including Coxhoe.
Option 3 Sustainable Communities with Central Durham Villages
In this Option housing will be focussed towards Durham and the central villages close to Durham, including Coxhoe, where 28% of development will take place (7% in Durham and 21% in the Central Villages including Coxhoe) – equivalent to between 8,000 and 9,200 houses in .total
Option 4 Wider dispersal
In this Option housing will be more equally shared around the whole County again with 12% in the central villages close to Durham, including Coxhoe.
While the number of houses already approved in Coxhoe would probably be counted against the figures being put forward there are no guarantees. Who would have possibly thought that planning permission would have been granted for the development at Parkhill for example?
What are your thoughts? How do you feel?
Why were the County Council consulting?
You may recall that following consideration by a government inspector, the Plan wasn’t accepted. We challenged this in the High Court and the inspector’s decision was quashed. This new plan sets out the issues the County Council believe affect the future planning of County Durham and identifies options for how they can be addressed. The County Council need to know what you think. Are these the right issues? Do they take account of your needs and the needs of your community? Are the options the right ones? Are there others they’ve missed?
How were you able to get involved
The consultation documents had been made available from 24 June 2016 for six weeks. The closing date for receipt of representations was 6.00 pm Friday 5th August 2016. You could have found out more about the County Durham Plan and let the County Council know your views at www.durham.gov.uk/cdp. Copies were also be available at local libraries and the County Council’s customer access points. You could have download a copy of the issues and options document here;
If you can’t get online you could have:
Picked up a response form from libraries;
write to FREEPOST SPATIAL POLICY; or
Your views needed to reach the County Council by 6pm on Friday 5th August.
The County Council held a series of consultation events where you can go along to speak to officers between 4pm and 7.30pm. These were:
Spennymoor, Town Hall Wednesday 29 June
Peterlee, East Durham College Thursday 30 June
Durham City, Town Hall Lantern Room Monday 4 July
Stanhope, Durham Dales Centre Tuesday 5 July
Chester-le-Street, Methodist Church Wednesday 6 July
Framwellgate Moor, Community Centre Monday 11 July
Shildon, Civic Hall Tuesday 12 July
Consett, St Patrick’s Hall Thursday 14 July
Bishop Auckland, Town Hall Monday 18 July
Sedgefield, Ceddesfeld Hall Tuesday 19 July
Stanley, Civic Hall Tuesday 19 July
Crook, St Catherine’s Community Centre Wednesday 20 July
Barnard Castle, The Hub Thursday 21 July
Newton Aycliffe, Youth and Community Centre Monday 25 July
Seaham, Town Hall Wednesday 27 July
The County Council also visited the 14 Area Action Partnerships, so check their summer meeting dates. Exhibition boards were also be on display at locations around the county.
Parish Council Response to Issue and Options Paper.
The Parish Council formally submitted its own views on the Plan at the end of the consultation period. You can download a copy here: