Supplementary Planning Documents

Durham County Council is conducting a number of consultations on Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs). SPDs provide more detailed guidance about policies in the Local Plan. They are material considerations in determining planning applications. The City of Durham Trust strongly supports the County Council’s initiative in producing a range of SPDs to assist with interpretation and application of particular County Durham Plan policies. We share the desire to secure consistent and focussed planning applications and submissions that address the requirements laid down in policies and to remove the difficulties that have been experienced by Members, officers, applicants and consultees in some cases.

The Trust has responded to consultations on four SPDS:

  • Design Code
  • Development Viability, Affordable Housing and Financial Contributions (second stage)
  • Housing Needs
  • Trees, Woodland and Hedges

The Trust’s responses can be seen on the Consultations page of this website.