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 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 has been:

  • amended in the light of the responses received during the 2019 pre-submission consultation
  • approved by the City of Durham Parish Council
  • submitted to Durham County Council
  • independently examined by a Planning Inspector who has judged it sound when his amendments are made
  • confirmed that it can proceed to a referendum

The Examiner’s report and the decision notices can be seen here.

The Plan is currently being modified as required by the Examiner.

The content of the submitted 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 (now ceased) 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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