Final say on plans which will shape County Durham's future

County Durham Plan could see 4,000 homes built on greenbelt land and 30,000 new jobs created

Durham Cathederal from the roof of Durham Castle
Durham Cathederal from the roof of Durham Castle

Residents are urged to have their final say on a masterplan for County Durham which allows for 31,400 new homes.

Aimed at boosting business and creating 30,000 new jobs by 2030, council chiefs say the County Durham Plan will be the catalyst for major change.

But the Durham County Council blueprint, which sees development concentrated on the Durham City area, could see around 4,000 homes built on greenbelt land, including 40 homes in the Crook Hall and Gardens area.

Two new bypasses a new business hub would also be created in the city area.

Now, residents are businesses are encouraged to take the last chance to share their views before the plans are sent to Government, which will hold a public examination in summer 2014.

Coun Neil Foster, Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “The County Durham Plan is one of the most important documents the council has produced since becoming a unitary authority.

“This will shape the future of the county for the next 20 years, helping to develop a thriving economy, promoting business and providing homes whilst protecting the key aspects of this historic and beautiful county.

“I would like to thank the many people who have helped shape this document over the last three years and value their ongoing assistance. The consultations carried out throughout the process have given the council vital feedback that has helped shaped the final draft of the plan.

“We would encourage all residents to come to one of the sessions to see the changes made and let us know what they think of the vision for the future of our county.”

There will be a series of public events starting in Durham City on October 14 and running at various locations until December.

A full list of the public consultation events is available online at


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