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The Durham City Neighbourhood Plan is now the responsibility of the City of Durham Parish Council. Before the Parish Council was set up the process of producing the Plan was conducted by The Durham City Neighbourhood Planning Forum (NPF), an officially-sanctioned group of volunteers who live or work in Durham City.

The City of Durham Parish Council submitted a proposal to amend the Durham City Neighbourhood Area boundary, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2017 and the Localism Act 2011. Its purpose was to align the neighbourhood plan area with the new parish boundary.

The consultation ran from Thursday 13th December 2018 until Thursday 31st January 2019, and following support which we understand was unanimous the proposal was approved. Here is the official Decision Notice  (which includes a map).

The vision of the Neighbourhood Plan is:

Durham City’s potential as a beautiful historic City will be realised through policy and action to improve and protect its qualities and by creating a diverse and resilient economy with attractive, healthy and affordable places to live. It will be supported by modern infrastructure, protected by adaptation to climate change and enriched by community engagement in its future.

The Durham City Neighbourhood Draft Plan is now undergoing a public consultation from 17th May to 28th June 2019. A copy of the Draft Plan and details for how to make comments are available here.

The content of the draft Plan is based on the views of people who live, work, or run a business in Durham City. Go to Your views for further details.

Minutes of the Forum meetings (now ceased) and the Working Party are available.

Our Neighbourhood: Our area of operation is the Durham City wards of Nevilles Cross, Elvet and Gilesgate, and the part of Durham South on the City side of the River Wear (the other half is in the parish of Shincliffe). Put another way, that’s most of Durham City, but not Framwellgate Moor, Newton Hall, Gilesgate Moor or Belmont. You can use the form at the top of the right-hand column to see if you are in this area, and there’s also a map.

There is some more background information here.

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