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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.

Consultation on amended boundary running from Thursday 13th December 2018 until Thursday 31st January 2019.

The City of Durham Parish Council have 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. A copy of the proposal can be seen here.

The amendment is being sought to ensure the neighbourhood plan area aligns with the new parish boundary. An area to the north west near Aykley Heads is being removed from the currently designated neighbourhood area, while additional land in Gilesgate to the east of the proposed neighbourhood area is being included. A map of the changes can be viewed here Boundary Changes Map

Any comments in relation to this matter should be made to the County Council by 5.00pm on 31st January 2019. The consultation will be hosted on the county council’s website at: http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/18184/Neighbourhood-planning-what-s-happening-

Please send your responses to this consultation to:

  • Email:
  • Tel: 03000 260 000
  • Post: Spatial Policy (Rm 4/24-35), Durham County Council, County Hall, DH1 5UQ

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 2017 consultation on the draft Plan as now closed. However, the Plan is still available for viewing as downloadable pdf files or on the Web We thank everyone who has sent in a response.

All the responses are now available for public viewing here and the categorisation of the responses here.

The next stage for the Plan is as follows:

  • to analyse the responses and to amend the draft plan as applicable
  • to place the results of this process into the public domain

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 priorities’ 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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