The City of Durham Trust

Dates for your diary

Caring for Brutalism - Day Conference

The Trust is co-sponsoring this conference on Saturday 21st October. It will consider the current question of Twentieth Century concrete architecture and its conservation. Brutalism was an important aspect of post-WWII architecture, especially in the UK. The future of Dunelm House is currently part of the national conversation around questions of how and whether to care for concrete buildings.

Attendance is free, but you must register. Details here.

Saturday 28th October: Trust autumn meeting

Martin Roberts will deliver his annual lecture, this year on The amiable Dr Spence: sermons and gardens in mid-18th century Durham. The venue is our usual one: room 141 in Elvet Riverside 1.

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The County Durham Plan

Trust responds to the Issues and Options consultation

After receiving legal advice, Durham County Council has been obliged to start preparing the County Durham Plan from the beginning, at the Issues and Options stage. (For the background to all this, see New readers start here)

The City of Durham Trust has now submitted responses on 40 separate matters raised in the Council’s Issues and Options consultation, which ended on August 8th. You can read all of them here. Among the points we make are:

The County Durham Plan is important for everyone in County Durham because it will set out the new development that is planned for the county. It contains allocations which show where development will take place and how it will be managed. The Plan also contains policies for determining planning applications. As long as there is planning uncertainty developers will seek to exploit this by pursuing their financial interests regardless of the needs of local communities.