The Economic Strategy and Spatial Planning Section uses a wide range of information to help us produce the Local Plan and monitor the impact our policies are having.
Sometimes, the Economic Strategy and Spatial Planning Team undertakes evidence gathering itself. In other cases, we ask consultants to do the work on our behalf. We also refer to documents produced by other sections within the council and other public bodies. The links on the right of this page lead to these documents, where they are available online.
The Economic Strategy and Spatial Planning has prepared a Village Study as part of the evidence base for the Local Plan.
In order to establish the levels of facilities available within the Borough's rural villages, an audit was carried out. Following this further analysis and consultation has been undertaken looking at the wider sustainability issues of the villages.
The study assessed the level of services and facilities in rural villages, including public transport links to other centres. The Council used the study to develop its housing policy, which does not propose to allocate sites for housing in rural areas before 2024.
The 'Planning the Future of Rural Villages' study was completed October 2008. The 'Planning the Future of Rural Villages' study was completed October 2008. Since this date the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has been introduced and to ensure that decisions are based on the most up-to-date information the Spatial Planning Team have produced a 2014 update to the study. Parish Councils were consulted on the accuracy of the audit of services and facilities available to villages, which informed the update.
The Open Space Audit informs policies on open space, sports and recreation facilities, including opportunities for new provision.
It identifies and assesses the quantity and quality of open space within the Borough; this includes a factual assessment of their facilities together with an assessment of their character and value to local people.
The Open Space Audit also informs the PPG17 Assessment, which forms Appendix 6 of the Open Space, Recreation and Landscaping Supplementary Planning Document.
For inclusion in the audit, Urban Open Space was defined as open land within 500m of urban areas, which has the potential to provide recreational, environmental, social or economic benefits to communities, regardless of access or ownership. It did not include land within the curtilage of private dwellings or farmland.
Each year, the council completes an update of the Open Space Audit and the Planning Policy Guidance 17 Assessment to provide an update on the quantity and quality of open space in the Borough.
The purpose of the Tees Valley Local Aggregate Assessment is to provide an assessment of the demand for and supply of aggregates in the Tees Valley, other relevant local information, and an assessment of all supply options.
It has been prepared jointly by the five tees Valley authorities of Darlington Borough Council, Hartlepool Borough Council, Middlesbrough Council, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.
Updated annually, the Tees Valley Local Aggregate Assessment covers the following areas: