Inspector’s Interim Report on the County Durham Local Plan

The Inspector’s Interim Report on the County Durham Local Plan states that policies 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, and 32 are unsound and that policies 9 and 10 should be deleted. These policies cover the following aspects:

  • Policy 6: Durham City
  • Policy 7: Aykley Heads
  • Policy 8: Durham City Strategic Sites
  • Policy 12: Executive Housing Allocation
  • Policy 13: Other Executive Housing Proposals
  • Policy 32: Houses in Multiple Occupation and Student Accommodation


  • Policy 9: Western Relief Road
  • Policy 10: Northern Relief Road

For the Council and objectors responses to this Interim report look at the letters pages of local newspapers, and press releases.

A parliamentary debate on the Local Plan was held in Westminster Hall on 3rd March, after which the County Council issued this press release, announcing they were to have a meeting with the Planning Inspectorate.

The NPF was a party to this correspondence with the Planning Inspectorate, seeking a meeting with them to balance the meeting that the Council representatives were having.


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