Local resources

City of Durham Parish Council

Durham City Neighbourhood Plan

Durham County Council

County Durham Local Plan

County Durham Plan Evidence Library

County Durham Plan supporting documents

Planning Applications and Advice

Find and Comment on Planning Applications

Building Control and Regulations Guidance

Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP)
gives people and organisations in and around Durham City the opportunity to work together and take action on local issues

Durham World Heritage Site

Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Site. Management Plan. 2017 – 2023

Durham City Conservation Area
includes the Conservation Area appraisal documents

National resources


National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
sets out the government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied

Planning Practice Guidance
supporting the NPPF

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government

Housing, Communities and Local Government Parliamentary Committee
scrutinises the policy, administration and spending of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Planning Inspectorate
deals with planning appeals, national infrastructure planning applications, examinations of local plans and other planning-related and specialist casework in England and Wales

National HMO Lobby
an association of some fifty community groups in thirty towns in all parts of the UK, who are concerned to ameliorate the impact of concentrations of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) on their communities


Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Parliamentary Committee
scrutinise the work of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and its associated public bodies

Historic England
public body caring for England’s historic environment

National Heritage List for England (NHLE)
official register of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites in England – listed buildings, scheduled monuments, protected wrecks, registered parks and gardens, and battlefields


Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Parliamentary Committee
scrutinises the administration, spending and policy of the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Natural England
government’s adviser for the natural environment in England

interactive map providing authoritative geographic information about the natural environment, covering rural, urban, coastal and marine environments across Great Britain

Environment Agency
regulates and protects the environment and supports sustainable development

Flood Map for Planning
service to find out which flood zone a location is in

Countryside Code: advice for countryside visitors

Climate change

Climate Change Committee
an independent, statutory body which advises, and reports back, to the UK and devolved governments on controlling emissions

The DecarboN8 network brings together researchers, government, industry and communities to design solutions to reduce emissions. Durham University is involved and Durham County Council is a project partner