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Strategy 'will improve county's economic opportunities'
A MAJOR consultation on a plan which will shape the future of County Durham is underway.
Durham County Council’s County Durham Plan (CDP) is out to public consultation until Friday, December 6.
The CDP aims to achieve 31,400 new homes and 30,000 new jobs by 2030 and includes plans for new roads and industrial areas.
Durham City is the main focus: earmarked for two new bypasses, 5,000 homes and a world-class business hub at Aykley Heads.
Critics say the CDP is over the top and will cut into Durham City’s greenbelt.
Earlier this week, the Friends of Durham Green Belt launched an alternative vision for “moderate growth”.
But launching the first council consultation meeting, Councillor Neil Foster, the cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “The plan is built on solid evidence and identifies a clear strategy to improve County Durham’s economic opportunities by providing the long term certainty that businesses and investors require.”
The CDP will be submitted to the Government in April, before an examination-in-public next summer.
Council chiefs hope to adopt the strategy next autumn.
The first consultation event was held at Durham on Tuesday, followed by others at Sacriston and Sherburn Village today (Wednesday).
Tomorrow, the roadshow will move to Meadowfield leisure centre, from 3pm to 7pm.
Next week’s meetings are all from 4pm to 8pm: October 21: Active Life Centre, Coxhoe; October 22: Woodview community centre, Langley Park; October 23: Framwellgate Moor community centre; October 24: Laurel Avenue community centre, Sherburn Road Estate.
There will be further meetings across the county until November 28.
People can also get involved online at durham.gov.uk/cdp
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