Summary: Theme 6: A City with an Enriched Community Life

What can an essentially planning document do to improve community life?

The importance of the Plan is that it has arisen from community concerns, and many of those are about the need to support community life, including health and well-being and an enriched artistic and cultural life for the benefit of residents and visitors alike. The Plan can encourage the provision of these facilities and help to retain and improve those that already exist.

Policy C1: Community Arts Facilities

This policy sets out the planning requirements for new community arts
facilities; either on an appropriate site or through the conversion of an
existing building.

Full policy here.

Policy C2: Information Hub

This policy sets out the planning requirements for a new Information
Hub in the City Centre, for the benefit of visitors and residents alike.
The Hub could also provide places where community groups could
meet and classes and events be held.

Full policy here.

Policy C3: Provision of New Community Facilities

This policy sets out the planning requirements for new facilities such as community and youth centres, sports fields, libraries, and places of worship.

Full policy here.

Policies C4 and C5 : Protection of Existing Community Facilities and Open Spaces

Two policies setting out the obligation to demonstrate and prove that the facility is no longer viable or needed.

Full policy C4 here.

Full policy C5 here.

Policy C6: Health Care and Social Care Facilities

This policy sets out the planning conditions to be met in new proposals.

Full policy here.

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2 Responses to Summary: Theme 6: A City with an Enriched Community Life

  1. James A Cowan says:

    It amazes me, and visitors alike, that a heritage city such as Durham City has no museum to illustrate its rich history from the period of early Christianity to the present day, including the period of the Norman Conquesr, the ‘Prince Bishops’, the mining industry, ship building etc. The Durham County Council closed the Durham Light Infantry Museum, together wirh the ‘City art gallery because it could not make a profit, or break even, with a footfall of 30,000 visitors per year. This needs an explanation when, down the road, at Richmond, North Yorkshire, the Green Howards military museum makes a profit with 17,000 visitors per year! Does the County Council have some secret plan for the land occupied by the DLI Museum building. The lack of a tourist information office in a heritage city beggars belief! Surely, there’s more to culture and heritage than an ever increasing number of coffee bars and restaurants? Has anyone thought of using the former miners’ hall at Redhills as the venue for a Durham Heritage Museum?

  2. Ruth Rutter says:

    As a member of the Durham Pointers I think a central hub would be an excellent idea for visitors to our city. That’s e lack of a tourist information office is still keenly felt and the pointers could complement the work of the hub.