Your views and consultations

On this page you can see and have your say on consultations and engagement activities which are currently taking place in Darlington, as well as nationally.

You can find our previous consultations here, and consultations by our partners here.

Our consultations 
Activity More information Status
Disabled Facilities Grants and Regulatory Reform Order Policy Consultation Darlington Borough Council is reviewing its Disabled Facilities Grants Policy and proposing to introduce a new policy of Housing Assistance under the Regulatory Reform Order (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) 2002, (RRO) which will enable the Council to maximize the use of the Disabled Facilities Grant. We are seeking the views of older and disabled people and other stakeholders on these proposals. For more information and to see the draft Disabled Facilities Grants and Regulatory Reform Order Policy please click here The consultation is taking place between 21 September and 19 October 2020
Draft Tree & Woodland Strategy 2021-2031 The draft Tree and Woodland Strategy [pdf document] sets out the framework through which the trees of Darlington can be both protected and enhanced for future generations. This strategy is intended to act as a point of reference for the public, Councillors, officers and professionally interested people to enable informed discussion and to establish a clearer, consistent and more structured approach to the issues affecting trees in our Borough. Please read the draft strategy and let us know your views by completing the Tree and Woodland Strategy Consultation survey [external link]. Runs 1 September to 18 October 2020
Review of Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Licensing Policies and procedures Local residents, businesses and visitors to Darlington are invited to share their views on policies and procedures relating to taxis in the borough Runs until 2nd October 2020
Hybrid Innovation Centre – Central Park Darlington residents and businesses are invited to have their say on proposals for a new Innovation Centre at Central Park. Open for comments until 5pm on Monday 7 September 2020
Proposed Submission Local Plan (Regulation 19)

A new development plan for long term investment and growth for Darlington is being prepared, for the period up to 2036. It will set out where significant new development should go and will include policies to protect valued environments and heritage, and ensure liveable places.

The Proposed Submission Local Plan (Regulation 19) representation period will run from Thursday 6 August 2020 for 6 weeks until 5pm on the 17 September 2020. This is the final chance to have your say on the plan before it goes to the Government for independent examination.

Runs until until 5pm on the 17 September 2020
Council Plan 2020-23

The draft Council Plan for 2020-23 sets out our proposed vision for the years ahead and the key actions we will take to achieve that vision. You can read the draft Council Plan and let us know your views by completing this survey [EXTERNAL LINK].
Cabinet members have filmed a series of video clips explaining how their areas fit into the Council Plan. The consultation runs until February and councillors will consider feedback at a meeting later in the year.

Runs until Friday 7 February 2020.
Whinfield primary school admissions consultation

When changes are proposed to admission arrangements, all admission authorities must consult on their admission arrangements (including supplementary forms) that will apply for admission applications for the following school year at the normal point of entry. Where the admission arrangements have not changed from the previous year there is no requirement to consult subject to the requirement that admission authorities must consult on their admission arrangements at least once every 7 years, even if there have been no changes during that period.

Runs from 9 December 2019 to 31 January 2020.
Medium Term Financial Plan 2020-24

Our proposed Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) for 2020/21 to 2023/24 will be going to Cabinet on 7 January 2020 for initial discussions, and will return to Cabinet for formal consideration on 11 February, after a period of public consultation. Full Council will be asked to approve the MTFP on 20 February.

The plan shows the Council remains financially stable for the next four years and it underpins the delivery of the proposed Council Plan 2020-23. If approved, in addition to ensuring core council services can continue to be delivered, it proposes to invest additional money over the period into community safety (£550k), maintaining an attractive street environment (£600k), the town centre (£500k), and neighbourhood renewal (£150k). To enable continued delivery of the council’s core services along with the items listed above, the plan proposes to increase council tax by 2% and also apply a 2% social care precept the government has allowed, to help fund the increasing cost of social care supporting the most vulnerable members of our community, giving an overall increase in council tax of 4%.

A full list of items to be discussed at Cabinet on 7 January including details of the MTFP can be found on this website. If you would like to give your views on the proposed MTFP you can email [email protected] or alternatively post your comments to;

MTFP Consultation
Corporate Finance Team
Darlington Borough Council
Town Hall

Runs until 30 January 2020
Rethinking Victoria Road consultation Following the ‘Rethinking Victoria Road’ consultation events in November 2018 and publication of the final report in April 2019, Darlington Borough Council are currently updating residents on the latest detailed plans for Victoria Road. Feedback from residents and businesses have shaped these updated plans and we would welcome your views once more. For more information and to see the updated plans please see the relevant Rethinking Victoria Road page. Runs until 13 January 2020
Proposed Public Space Protection Order – Dog Control

Darlington Borough Council is proposing to replace all current Dog Control Orders to Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO’s) due to a change in legislation. As part of this the Council are proposing some new PSPO’s for dog control.

The draft wording of the order and a maps showing the areas covered by the proposed order can be found on the Dog Control Public Space and Protection Orderpage.

Runs until 1 February 2020 
West Cemetery Chapel and Crematorium refurbishment

Darlington residents and businesses are invited to have their say on the proposed new Chapel and Crematorium refurbishment within West Cemetery, Darlington.

Closed 21 November 2019
Tees Valley Bus Partnership

Tees Valley Combined Authority are exploring a new partnership agreement with bus operators

Closed  6 December 2019
Tees Valley road network improvement [external link] Improving roads, improving lives - We are always looking at ways to improve the borough and its economy. In partnership with the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the four other Tees Valley councils and Highways England, we have set out proposals for better transport connections across the whole area. You can read more about the proposals here [external link].

You can download the Connecting Tees Valley's brochure about the proposals here [pdf document]
Employee skills survey Our Business Engagement Team is conducting an Employer Skills Survey [external link] to detail the existing skills of the Darlington workforce and to get an overview of existing employee skills and their future requirements which will help to shape project and activity in the future. Ongoing
Childcare audit Have your say about childcare provision in Darlington Ongoing
Learnview Have your say about learning and skills in Darlington [external link] Ongoing

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