Please see below a further update from Durham County Council on what actions they are taking on the coronavirus (update as of 18th March 2020)
In line with the County Council and other organisations, the decision has been taken to cancel all meetings of the Parish Council until further notice.
We will be reviewing this regularly and will take a view on events beyond the end of March. The Parish Clerk is still contactable via email on email@example.com
Thank you for your support with this.
The City of Durham Parish Council’s Grant Award window for 2019/20 is open from 1st April. Any organisation wishing to submit an application for funding may find a copy of the application form here: City of Durham Grant Application Form 2019-2020
Once complete, please submit this application form along with all other supporting documentation to us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that your application must follow the procedure as set out in our grant award policy; a copy of which can be found here:
City of Durham Grant Award Policy
The Parish Council is also keen to understand which of its key priorities your grant application is aligned with. Details of the Parish Council key priorities are set out below:
Priority 1: Enhancing the wellbeing and prosperity of our Parish
Priority 2: Creating a Neighbourhood Plan and representing the Parish on planning matters
Priority 3: Being a voice for the City and working with key partners
Priority 4: Supporting the business community and encouraging tourism
Priority 5: Enhancing the physical environment of our Parish
A full copy of our draft Parish Council strategy for 2019/20 can also be found here: DRAFT_City of Durham Parish Council Strategy 2019-20
Please note: the deadline for all grant applications is the 31st May and funds for successful applications will only be released following the Full Parish Council meeting in June.
Solicitors acting on behalf of the City of Durham Parish Council have written to the County Council to say that, if it were to approve the planning application for a new HQ building on The Sands on the basis of information currently before it, that decision would be unlawful.
This is because the proposal to build the new HQ on The Sands is an integral part of the much larger proposals for Aykley Heads. The accompanying Environmental Statement should have covered all of this. In not doing so it is inadequate and fails to meet both European and National regulations.
The lawyers also add that the proposals do not meet either National or Local plan policies. The consideration of traffic and air quality impacts is inadequate. The alternatives have not been properly considered, and the Council does not have enough information on which it can properly reach a decision.
The Parish Council decided to oppose the proposals at a special meeting on 5 September and lodged its first objection. The Full Council meeting on 27 September discussed this application further and unanimously decided to seek professional legal advice as to whether there are any grounds on which this planning application for the proposed new County HQ could be challenged. The Parish Council commissioned an experienced and well-established law firm in Richard Buxton Environmental and Public Law to provide the Council with legal advice.
“Our solicitors have advised that such grounds for challenge do indeed exist and set these out in a twelve page letter” explains Roger Cornwell, who chairs the Parish Planning Committee. “As the legal advice received also highlights that to determine the application at present would be unlawful, our Planning Committee decided unanimously on 4 January that the proper course of action was to submit this letter to the County Council. That was done later the same evening.”
The planning application is currently on hold, awaiting comments from the Environment Agency which has statutory responsibilities on flooding and air pollution issues.
In submitting this letter, the Parish Council hopes that Durham County Council will reconsider its proposals for the future location of its HQ and listen to the views of hundreds of residents from across the County and the many businesses who have submitted objections to this planning application.
A copy of the solicitors letter can be found here:
The City of Durham Parish Council have submitted a proposal to amend the Durham City Neighbourhood Area boundary, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2017 and the Localism Act 2011.
The amendment is being sought to ensure the neighbourhood plan area aligns with the new parish boundary. An area to the north west near Aykley Heads is being removed from the currently designated neighbourhood area, while additional land in Gilesgate to the east of the proposed neighbourhood area is being included.
The consultation is scheduled to run from Thursday 13th December until Thursday 31st January 2019. Any comments in relation to this matter should be made to the County Council by 5.00pm on 31st January 2019.
If you wish to make a comment on this, the consultation is currently hosted on the county council’s website at: http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/18184/Neighbourhood-planning-what-s-happening-
Public notice for the meeting of the City of Durham Parish Council meeting taking place on 20 December 2018
The public notice for the meeting of the Environment Committee being held on 13 December at 6.30 p.m. has been published.
The public notice for the meeting of the City of Durham Parish Council Licensing Committee taking place on 7 December 2018 2pm has been published.
The City of Durham Parish Council has requested that the national Planning Casework Unit calls the planning application for the erection of a new County Council Headquarters with associated car parking (inclusive of a multi-storey car park) with associated landscaping, highway and infrastructure works and demolition of existing structures into their office and that a decision is made by their unit. View the call-in request.
This will allow an Independent Inspector to make a decision on this application. This is based on the grounds that the parish council considers there is a conflict with national policies on important matters; substantial national controversy; and public confidence in objective, transparent and impartial planning decision-making.
Pending the County Council making a decision, we are ask the Planning Casework Unit to issue a holding direction.
Election information for the new City of Durham Parish Council is now available via Durham County Council’s website. This includes important information for both voters and potential candidates.
Please visit http://www.durham.gov.uk/durhamcityelection