Previous consultations

On this page you can see previous consultations and engagement activities which have taken place in Darlington, as well as nationally.

Previous consultations
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Dog Control - Public Space Protection Orders

It has been brought to our attention that the new PSPO does not mirror the old Dog control orders in two areas of Heighington.

In order to rectify the matter we are proposing to amend the PSPO so that the areas in Heighington are No dogs allowed rather than Dogs on Leads.

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.
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].
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
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.
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.

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.

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.
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

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.
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.

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.
Town Centre Strategy Consultation

Please tell us what you think of our plan for the town centre.

Our town centre strategy, which was agreed at Cabinet in July, sets out the intended development plans for the town centre over the next ten years.

Drug and alcohol services review

Darlington Borough Council are currently reviewing the Drugs and Alcohol Services in Darlington and to make sure the service as good as possible with the resources available they would like your views. If possible please circulate to friends family and colleagues or clients who live in Darlington. The survey is open until the 15th August 2019. There are also other consultation events being planned so please do not hesitate to contact Public Health on 01325 406201 if you would like more details or would the survey in other formats.
Thank you for your help and here is the link to the service review survey [external link]

In addition, there is another survey which focuses on drugs and alcohol in relation to young people. Here is the link to the young people survey.

Council Tax empty property premium

Darlington Borough Council is proposing to implement the following changes to the Council Tax Empty Property Premium from the 1st April 2020:

  • From 1st April 2020, owners of properties that have been empty for over 2 years, will pay a 100% premium on top of their normal Council Tax liability.
  • From 1st April 2020, owners of properties that have been empty for over 5 years, will pay a 200% premium on top of their normal Council Tax liability.
  • From 1st April 2021, owners of properties that have been empty for over 10 years will pay a 300% premium on top of their normal Council Tax liability.”

The consultation has now ended.

Conversation about the future of library service at Crown Street

In autumn 2018, councillors decided the main library service would remain at Crown Street with £2m invested in refurbishments and repairs. Detailed plans have not yet been drawn up. Before that happens, the council is keen to hear the views of a broad range of library users.

Middleton St George neighbourhood area regulation 6

In January 2019, Middleton St George Parish Council applied to Darlington Borough Council for a new Neighbourhood Area to reflect the changes in the parish boundary and to pursue the preparation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan. The boundary changes came about via a Community Governance Review in 2016. The Parish Council are proposing a Neighbourhood Area of the new parish area and excluding land at Durham Tees Valley Airport. Even though this land at the airport falls within the parish boundary it is considered inappropriate for Durham Tees Valley Airport to be included in the Neighbourhood Area due to its strategic importance. 

In accordance with Regulation 6 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Darlington Borough Council would like to invite comments from organisations and individuals on the proposed Neighbourhood Area. The consultation period is taking place from 13th February 2019 to 29th March 2019.  

Further information available here

Rethinking Victoria Road consultation

Victoria Road was identified as a key street that links our ambitious plans for Darlington Station, the redevelopment of the Auction Mart site and our ongoing support of the town centre economy.

For more information and to see the results of the consultation please see the relevant Rethinking Victoria Road consultation page

Community Short breaks for Children and Young People with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Darlington Borough Council are undertaking a service review of the current contracted Community Short Breaks Services for Children and Young People with SEND. New service arrangements which build on the strengths of the current arrangements are to be in place from 1 September 2019.

We are seeking the views of parent/carer and stakeholders through the following survey [external link] which we would be grateful if as many people as possible could complete to help shape the service review.

Medium Term Financial Plan

On 11 December 2018 Cabinet considered a proposed medium term financial plan for the Council. Full details can be found in the Cabinet papers for 11/12/2018. The report recommended consultation on two matters;

  1. Council tax increase of 2.99% for 2018/19
  2. Schedule of charges

Cabinet agreed that the proposal should be put forward for consultation which will run until 31 January 2019. Please send comments to [email protected]

Darlington Rethinking Parks

Gathering thoughts about South Park, The Denes, and North Park.
Consultation - Draft Strategy for Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) 2019 - 2022 The Best Start In Life

Darlington’s Draft SEND Strategy 2019-2022 for improving outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) giving them the ‘best start in life’ outlines the vision and the key objectives for supporting Darlington’s children and young people with SEND and their families.

View the consultation web page here

Draft Waste Management Strategy

Darlington Borough Council needs to update its waste management strategy. Full details regarding the draft Waste Management Strategy can be found by following the links to the documents listed below. Please use the form attached if you have any comments. Thank you.

Consultation on the Council’s charging policy for non-residential Adult Social Care Services in accordance with the Care Act 2014

Following a complaint made to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman the Council has agreed to carry out a new public consultation on its charging policy relating to Non-Residential Services in respect of the treatment of income from benefits.

A briefing paper, letter to individuals and questionnaire [EXTERNAL LINK] have been prepared to support this consultation.

Consultation on the Council's proposed Public Space Protection Order - Darlington town centre

Darlington Borough Council is considering introducing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) – a positive tool enabling the police to deal with anti-social behaviour.

The draft wording of the order can be found here and a map showing the area covered by the proposed order can be found here.

Share your views on the proposals here - or email [email protected]

Darlington Borough Local Plan 2016-2036 - Consultation on the Draft Darlington Local Plan, Draft Policies Map and Draft Sustainability Appraisal Consultation on the Draft Local Plan, Draft Policies Map and Draft Sustainability Appraisal began on Thursday 21 June 2018 and will run until Thursday 2 August 2018
You can view all of the draft documents and make comments by going straight to our consultation portal [external link] or further information can be found at our designated Local Plan Website [external link]
Office development on the site of the former Beaumont Street East car park Darlington residents and businesses are invited to have their say on proposals for a new office development on the site of the former Beaumont Street East car park.

The proposed new offices, known as Feethams House, would provide Grade A accommodation over five storeys to satisfy future demand for prime offices space in the town centre. For more information please see the consultation page
Post 16 Transport Policy Statement - Consultation This transport policy statement [pdf document], [transport policy statement word version] is intended to inform young people, from year 11 onwards, and their parents about what transport arrangements and support are available locally. This document provides information about transport to various types of provision, including arrangements made by bodies other than Darlington Local Authority.

Should you wish to comment on this statement please can you send your feedback to Kay Gamble - [email protected], by Friday 18 May 2018.

Medium Term Financial Plan 2018 - 2022

On 12 December 2017 Cabinet considered a proposed medium term financial plan (2018-2021/22) for the Council. Full details can be found in the Cabinet papers for 12/12/2017. Cabinet agreed that the proposal should be put forward for consultation which will run until 24 January 2018.
Heighington and Middleton St George - Draft Spatial Plan Consultation As part of the preparation of the New Local Plan, work has been undertaken on exploring future development opportunities at two of the larger villages in Darlington; Middleton St George and Heighington. Draft spatial plans have been drawn up for both of these villages.

More details can be found in the Local Plan website [external link]
Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Consultation Darlington Borough Council's Health and Wellbeing Board is updating it's Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) for 2018-2021. The aim of the PNA is to provide commissioners with a picture of pharmacy services in the Borough, and identify any gaps in provision.
As part of our formal consultation on the PNA, we want to learn more about your experience of, and thoughts about, pharmacy services in your community. Pharmacy services are either services you receive in your community pharmacy or from a dispensary in your GP practice. We would be grateful if you could complete the questionnaire [external link].
Equality Policy and Objective 2017-21 We are consulting on our new Equality Policy and Objective [pdf document] (Equality Policy and Objective Word version) and want your views.

The Council's current Equality Policy and Objective are due to be refreshed and so, following a period of pre-consultation engagement with a range of stakeholders (pre-consultation findings [pdf document] (pre-consultation findings Word version) and Stakeholder feedback [pdf document] (Stakeholder feedback Word version), a new policy and objective have been drafted. Whilst an equality policy is not a statutory requirement, it is considered best practice and helps demonstrate our commitment to meeting the Public Sector Equality Duty, as defined by the Equality Act 2010. 

We would welcome your views on the draft equality policy and objective, via the linked survey [external link] or via email to [email protected] or phone to 01325 406083. You can also use these contact details if you would like to request further information or require hard copies of any of the documents.
Ingenium Parc development Ingenium Parc, near Yarm Road, has been identified as a key development site within the Council’s investment plan and Local Plan, as well as being one of the top five priority economic growth projects for the borough. We want to hear the views of residents and businesses about the plans for the site.
Darlington Sexual Health and Contraceptive Services Survey We need your views on the free and confidential contraceptive and sexual health services provided by the Council.

We want to make sure the services, including the screening and treatment of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, are meeting your needs.

You have until Monday 18 December to have your say - you do not need to give your name or leave any contact details. Please complete the survey and let us have your views about the way sexual health services should be provided in and around Darlington. There are also two drop in sessions where you can have your say on Tuesday 7 November 2-4pm and on Thursday 9 November 6-8pm in the Dolphin Centre foyer. This survey is no longer available/
Corporate Plan and Performance Framework A draft version of the Corporate Plan and associated Performance Framework was approved for consultation by Cabinet on 12 September.

The plan is an overarching high level strategy drawing together existing strategies and plans that have already been subject to consultation.

The plan details how the council contributes towards the outcomes set out in the wider Sustainable Community Strategy and its own organisational objectives. It aims to provide a clear and accessible summary for members, partners and residents of our priorities for Darlington over the next 4 years, and our key planned activities. It is aligned with the four year medium term financial plan that was agreed by members in June 2016, and is supported by a performance monitoring framework to measure progress against the key outcomes, both internally and borough-wide, and the needs of residents.

Should you wish to comment on the plan please can you send your feedback to Natasha Telfer ([email protected]) by Wednesday 25 October 2017. 
Adult Eligibility Criteria Consultation on the proposal to change Darlington Borough Council’s eligibility criteria for receiving Adult Social Care support.

The Council has recently made the decision to consult with residents of Darlington in respect of a change it proposes to make to the Council’s Adult Social Care Eligibility Criteria.
Central Park Consultation Our vision is that by 2030, Central Park will be a thriving neighbourhood of commercial business space, office space, a hotel and new homes linked with green spaces and a public square.

Central Park is already a success story proving new housing and a higher education campus for Darlington College and Teesside University and we want to build on that success.

An original masterplan was prepared in 2012 and since then work has started on the delivery of new houses in the northern part of the area. The revised masterplan gives more details of how the commercial business park in Central Park South will be delivered and draws all areas of the site into one plan
Children and Young People's Plan consultation We want to make sure that all children and young people growing up in Darlington get the best start in life - for example you feel safe, are healthy, are achieving at school, and grow up in a caring community and enjoy life. There is a plan in place called the Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) which sets out how we can achieve this. This plan is currently being re-written to cover 2017-22.

Follow this link to find out more about the plan and have your say.
Consultation on the Federation of Borough Road Nursery School and George Dent Nursery School The government is changing the way early years education, for all 3 & 4 year old children, is funded. A universal rate for all early years children was implemented in April 2017. The government have provided temporary additional supplementary funding for maintained nursery schools. The additional supplementary funding will support transition to the universal rate. This presents a financial challenge to the two Darlington maintained nursery schools.
Blackwell Draft Planning and Development Brief The Council has recently consulted on a draft Planning and Development Brief for Land to the East of Carmel Road South (Sites HE1 to HE4 - Former Blackwell Grange Golf Course).
Children's Centre Delivery The Council is facing ongoing financial challenges, which means we have had to look at different ways of ensuring that our Children's Centres continue to deliver on a range of council priorities, including reducing child poverty and providing early help and support to families. We want to know what you think about our proposal to make Children's Centres more flexible, efficient and effective. Follow this link to find out more.
Council Tax and Adult Social Care precept On 17 January 2017, Cabinet proposed to increase Council Tax by 1.99% each year up to 2020/21, with a social care precept in three of the next four years, as agreed by the Government, to help fund the increasing cost of adult social care.
Proposed increases
Proposed increases 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21
Council Tax increase 1.99% 1.99% 1.99% 1.99%
Social Care precept 3.00% 3.00% 0.00% 2.00%
This update to an earlier proposal follows the announcement of the Local Government Finance Settlement in December. We would like your views on this proposal, particularly and positive or negative impacts it may have on you. The consultation ran from 17 January 2017 to 13 February 2017.
Library Consultation A six week consultation on the design and operation of the proposed relocation of the Central Library Service to the Dolphin Centre started on Monday, 3 October. This consultation in now closed.
Home care and support More Details about Home Care Support [pdf document]
Experience July Darlington strategy The Experience Darlington Strategy is a tying together of existing strategies to come up with an overarching strategy for visitors to Darlington. There is a real opportunity for the town to make more of its unique ‘ingenious’ story, from its lead role in the birthplace of the modern railways, Quaker heritage, through to its globally renowned reputation for bridge building and a thriving theatre and arts scene. Experience Darlington will look ahead into the future – thinking how we can develop real attractions that entice people to our town; making local people proud. 
Local Plan Issues and Options scoping consultation The council is currently consulting on the new local plan. For more details and to have your say please visit the local plan microsite.
Medium term financial plan 2016/17 to 2019/20 Between February and June, the Council went through the process of setting its budget for 2016/17 to 2019/20. The medium term financial plan (MTFP) budget consultation ran from 12 February until the end of May. For more information about the MTFP, visit. 
The Budget 2012-16 Details regarding the breakdown of the budget
Private sector litter enforcement Please give us your views on the private litter enforcement service that was introduced during September 2018. The initiative, on a six month trial, is part of the council’s ongoing efforts to clean up the borough and help maintain a clean and vibrant town centre for both residents and visitors. We would like to hear your views about this service, particularly during the six month trial period.  This consultation has now closed.