A PLAN that outlines how many houses will be built in and around Darlington over the coming decades has attracted more than 1,000 comments during a consultation period.

Darlington Borough Council's masterplan for the town includes dozens of policies, such as transport and protecting historic interests, as well as sites it considers would be best for housing developments.

The consultation period for the Draft Darlington Local Plan ended earlier this month, and council officers are now reviewing the feedback that they have received.

Any proposed changes to the plan will go out for further consultation later this year.

The final plan is expected to be adopted in autumn 2019.

Speaking last month, David Hand, the council’s head of planning policy and economic strategy, said: “We’re delighted with the level of engagement so far, people are really taking the opportunity to chat to the team and ask questions.

“The comments we’ve had so far have been constructive and people are engaging with us about the content."