Retail Study

The council commissions retail studies of the Borough and its catchment area.

The studies:

  • inform the development plan
  • assist with the assessment of planning applications
  • help in the management of the town centre

Studies were carried out in:

  • 2008
  • 2010
  • 2014
  • 2017

2017 Update

DBC commissioned White Young Green Planning to update the 2014 study.

Darlington Retail Study November 2017 [pdf document]

2014 Version

In 2013 DBC commissioned White Young Green Planning to update the 2010 study.

Retail and Town Centre Study September 2014 [pdf document]

Statistical updates to shopping floorspace

We publish changes in retail floorspace in the Borough since the 2008 study on this page.

This is part of the council’s planning monitoring programme.

Shopping Floorspace in Darlington, update to DRS, June 2011 [pdf document].

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