A City with a diverse and resilient economy


Durham City will have a sustainable and vibrant local economy supporting a wide range of employment in large and small businesses in all sectors including retail and tourism


  1. To increase employment opportunities through the establishment and support of large and small enterprises;
  2. To support the development of strategic and local sites ranging from prestige developments for businesses, university research-based and high technology industries to business incubators and local start-ups;
  3. To secure the vitality and competitiveness of the City centre through balanced retail development including responding to the development of e-commerce;
  4. To build on and enhance the tourism and leisure experience in the City.

Planning Policies

  • Policy E1: Larger Employment Sites
  • Policy E2: Other Employment Sites
  • Policy E3: Retail Development
  • Policy E4: Evening Economy
  • Policy E5: Visitor Attractions
  • Policy E6: Visitor Accommodation

The conveners for this topic are: Pippa Bell (larger businesses and institutions) and Adam Deathe head of BID (retail and professional services)

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