The City of Durham Trust

Durham and its Turnpikes

At our spring Open Meeting David Butler will give an illustrated lecture entitled Durham and its Turnpikes. The speaker is a distinguished historian who has written and lectured for many years on a variety of aspects on the city and environs, largely focussing on the 19th century. To many he will be known from a series of highly informative local walks. His lecture to the Trust will be on the development of Turnpike roads in the county and their impact on the city. It will be held on Saturday, 24th February, at 2.15pm in Elvet Riverside 1, in our usual room, 141.

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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.