A number of planning applications have been approved across Darlington this month which may affect people across the town.

Applications are submitted to the Darlington Borough Council every week and can be viewed on their planning portal.

They can range from extensions to private properties to the erection of new warehouses and solar farms, so we’ve pulled together all the main ones you should know about.

Here’s a list of the main planning applications approved in Darlington this month that you should know about:

  • Change of use from barbers and beauty salon to tattoo studio


This planning application was first submitted on Thursday, August 11 and was approved on Monday, September 26.

Plans will see the former beauty studio converted into a tattoo studio, however, no alterations are being made internally or externally.

The building is now vacant and can be found on North Road in Darlington, just north of its junction with Lawson Street.

Changes to the building will result in fewer vehicle movements and reduced parking demand given that the business will operate on a pre-booking basis.

  • Change of use from single residential dwelling to offices

The application was submitted on Wednesday, August 10 and was approved on Thursday, September 22.

Plans will see a former two storey house, found at The Headlands in Darlington, undergo a change of use to allow it be used as offices.

The property is within the Carmel College area and would be used as part of the Education Trust.

The building would become an office and breakout room or kitchen on the ground floor and two offices and an IT room on the first floor.

No external alterations will take place at the property and a total of six car parking spaces are to be provided for the proposed office use.

  • Change of use from single residential dwelling to short stay accommodation/furnished holiday let

​The application was submitted on Tuesday August 2 and approved on Tuesday, September 13.

According to the planning application, the property, which is found on Greenbank Road in Darlington, is already being used as short stay accommodation and holiday let without the benefit of planning permission.

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There will be no alterations to the property internally or externally however, it was raised that consideration must be given to the impact the accommodation might have on local residents.

A letter of objection was given over the plans which read: “Two workmen stayed and had three large vans parked in the street.

“We pay for permit parking and due to people working in the town and the Hospital there are no spaces and we have to park in Salisbury Terrace.

“If this is let for workmen with vans, there will definitely be no parking spaces.”

  • Change of use from single dwelling to holiday let/short stay accommodatio


Submitted on Friday, June 17 this application was approved on Thursday, September 8.

The property, which can be found on Hirst Grove in Darlington, would be changed from a residential dwelling to a holiday let.

Consisting of three bedrooms, the two storey dwelling has already had a six-month pilot period which the application branded a success.

As a result the applicants asked for a change of use so that the property can be used all year round as both a holiday let and service accommodation.

  • Proposed equestrian centre and stud with full disabled facilities for students including the erection of a stable block and enclosed horse arena…

This application was submitted on Friday April 29 and was since approved on Tuesday, September 13.

An equestrian centre will be built on West Auckland Road, Royal Oak at Heighington in Darlington.

The plans will also see the erection of a stable block with solar panels, enclosed horse arena, detached two storey garage comprising of a lecture room, laundry, wc, office, and track room, alterations to the site entrance, provision of lighting, car and cycle parking and a horse exercise ring and lung area.

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Although the plans have been approved, they were granted with conditions, which have been listed out in full on the Darlington Borough Council planning portal.

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