Residents in County Durham are being invited to have their say on a number of documents which will affect developments across the county.
The County Durham Plan, which was adopted in October 2020, sets out Durham County Council’s vision for housing, jobs and the environment until 2035.
It seeks to ensure the county is a successful place to live, work, invest and visit by focusing on supporting and creating vibrant communities.
Although this covers all aspects of planning, the council is seeking views on four Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) it has produced to support decision making.
Cllr Elizabeth Scott, cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “The County Durham Plan and its associated documents aim to meet the needs of all communities across the county to provide the best opportunities for our residents. Delivering housing and infrastructure is a significant aspect of this.
“I would therefore encourage as many people as possible to take part in the consultation and help inform our decisions about the future of the county.”
The Development Viability, Affordable Housing and Financial Contributions SPD sets out how the authority will calculate contributions which must be paid by developers.
This will be used to create or improve infrastructure and services in communities impacted by new developments.
Residents can also have their say on the Housing Needs SPD which supports a range of policies in the County Durham Plan to meet different housing needs.
This introduces guidance around what should be considered as part of assessments for determining local area housing needs and the need for purpose-built student accommodation.
It also aims to ensure that a first home is affordable for residents with local eligibility criteria consisting of a lower price cap for first-time buyers.
A consultation on the County Durham Design Code sets out guidance to make sure developments are well designed and better suited to their context.
This is supported by Settlement Character Studies which provide a key evidence base for understanding the history and character of settlements across the county.
Finally, views are also being sought on the Trees, Woodland and Hedges SPD which aims to ensure that trees, woodlands and hedges are fully considered as part of the planning process.
This will help residents and visitors to enjoy the many benefits provided by nature and create a welcoming environment.
Members of the public can view, download and comment on each of the four consultations until Tuesday, April 11.
For more information of these and to view dates and times of online events, visit www.durham.gov.uk/consultation.