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Neighbourhood Plan: Responses

Following the 6 week Pre-Consultation period on the Witton Gilbert Neighbourhood Plan. We publish here all of the responses received from residents, statutory consultees and other interested parties.


Follow the link below to see comments.

Pre-Consultation comments

These comments will be carefully considered before the final draft of the Neighbourhood Plan in prepared and examined by an Independent  Planning Inspector, who will advise on compliance with the law and process. The Planning Inspector may  recommend changes before the plan is put to a Community Referendum or recommend further community consultation.

Witton Gilbert Playgroup

Cooper Hall,

Witton Gilbert

Open Monday – Friday 9.15-11.15

from age 2 years

A safe happy environment where your child can play, learn and develop skills whilst having fun.

Staff hold level 3 childcare and education qualifications.

Cost is £20 per week inclusive of snacks and drinks.

Please contact Joanne Embleton on 07825255532 for more information or to secure a place.

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     Activities taking place at the       breathing space project.

St Michael & All Angels Church

Witton Wordies Creative writing 

drop-in @ St Michael & All Angels Church,
Witton Gilbert Tuesdays 12.15-2.0pm
Come along and join in!

All welcome regardless of ability Every Tuesday
Term time
Now on!

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Get Active

Weekly exercise group at
Wednesdays 1.45-3.0pm
With Sandra Mountjoy
For all ages and abilities.

Get active flier 2018

Introduction to Mindfulness
6 week course
Starts February 2018

The Course is an hour and 15 minute long session over 6 weeks
Wednesday 7th February—Wednesday 14th March 4.45 – 6.0 pm
At St Michael & All Angels Church
These sessions will cover
 The Key concepts of Mindfulness
 The habit of thinking & coming out of autopilot
 Breathing & Body scan techniques
 The practice of Mindfulness meditation
 Mindfulness for everyday life
 Using Mindfulness for anxiety & stress reduc-tion
Who is this course for:
Anyone who wants to learn the basics of
Mindfulness as a tool to support their personal health & wellbeing
Anyone who wants to learn new techniques to support the reduction of stress and anxiety
Led by a qualified practitioner
A commitment to the full course is required to gain most benefit. There will be some discussion & group work involved

Cost : £20

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Woodland Wonders!
Witton Dene Holiday Club

Tuesday 13th February
Donations welcome
These activities are aimed strictly for 5-10 years.
Under 8’s need to be supervised by a parent/carer

Children’s forest activities
★ Explore the woodland and churchyard
★ Play active outdoor games
★ Discover local wildlife and creepy crawlies
★ Learn simple green woodwork skills
★ Make crafts from natural materials
★ Listen to stories around the campfire
The activities are led by a Level 3 Forest school qualified facilitator

Booking essential
Come weather prepared
No dogs please

Woodland wonders flier Feb 2018

For further information on any of the above  contact Gillie on 07508471522                          or 0191 3711387



Neighbourhood Plan consultation draft

 Pre-Submission Consultation Stage of the Neighbourhood Plan

This formal consultation must follow the government guidelines required by regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 relating to this stage of the plan.

These regulations require the Parish Council  to formally publicise and consult on the Plan for a period of not less than six weeks. This period begins at 6pm on Monday 15th January 2018 and ends at 6pm on Tuesday 27th February 2018.

There have been a number of consultation events over the last 4 years and these have helped to formulate the plan. This is the communities opportunity to review the Plan at this important stage and at the same time the plan goes out to a wide range of statutory bodies and other appropriate consultees.

All representations/comments will be used to inform the development of future drafts of the proposed neighbourhood plan. In addition, they will be incorporated into a Statement of Consultation which will be forwarded to an independent examiner along with a draft of the plan at a later stage.

To review the draft Neighbourhood Plan and submit your comments please click the link below.


Village Centre scheme Highly Commended

Our new village Centre was entered into this year’s County Durham Environment Awards. The prestigious annual awards, now in their 28th year, are organised by County Durham Environment Partnership to celebrate great design, environmental guardianship and community spirit.

This year saw 53 entries from across County Durham and the winning and  commended projects were announced at a ceremony held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Durham on Thursday evening.

Our scheme was a Highly Commended entry in the Places and Spaces category.

Environmental Awards 2017 certificate

Oliver Sherratt, Chair of the County Durham Environment Partnership, said: “These awards are a unique opportunity to celebrate the fantastic achievements of people who dedicate their time to improve the environment in County Durham. Once again we have seen a wide range of excellent projects and I never fail to be impressed by the commitment of those individuals and groups who give up their time to make County Durham a better place for people to live and visit.”

Cllr Simon Henig, Chair of the County Durham Partnership, said: “These awards are a great way to shine a light on those individuals and groups who make a real difference to our county and they should be very proud of their achievements.”




Sensing the Seasons

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A 60 minute guided Mindfulness walk through Witton Dene, suitable for most abilities

     Next walks
24th November
29th December 26th January


Meeting place:
St Michael and All Angels
Church, Coach Lane,
Witton Gilbert, DH7 6SX


To find out more, contact Gillie
07508471522/0191 3711387

Bonfire & Fireworks

Saturday 4th November; Clink Bank Field

Refreshments available from 6:00                                                                              Bonfire lit at 6:30                                                                                                  Fireworks start at approximately 7:00

This is a regular village event, which was attended by about 1000 people last year.This year the current volunteer team will be organising the event. However next year a new team will take over led by Kristi Shorten. This years bonfire will be a collaborative affair  with both new and old teams.

The organisers will be at the venue from 9:30 am on Saturday, anyone wishing to help will be welcome.

For more information contact Noel Dixon; 07986110845,


Plan ahead for peace of mind

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St Cuthbert’s Hospice offers free practical advice about your future care and explains why the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is so important when making decisions about the future.

We are delighted to deliver Our project in: Breathing Space Project, St Michael and All Angels Church

Join us for coffee and cake, and an informal discussion around end of life plans, while you are still fit and well!

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Sessions will be Fortnightly
From 21st September 2017
10.00 to 12.00
For more information contact
Louise Johnson
Community Liaison Officer
St Cuthbert’s Hospice
Tel: 0191 374 6196

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Enjoy a warm welcome at our sessions.
Come along to find out about the importance of getting your paperwork in order while you still have full mental capacity, which can so easily be lost by illness or accident.
We understand this is not easy to think about, but we can support you to get Everything in Place and get on living your life to the full.

21 Sept 2017: 10.00 to 12.00

Where there’s a will there’s a way!
The importance of having a will, how to choose an Executor and explanation of some of the laws on inheritance.

5 October 2017: 10.00 to 12.00

Who would you trust?
Understanding Lasting Powers of Attorney, the types of decision that can be made, and the process for getting the documents registered.

19 October 2017: 10.00 to 12.00

The care conundrum
Understanding and anticipating future care needs, available options, where to find information, care plans and refusing treatment.

2 November 2017: 10.00 to 12.00

Lifting the lid on funerals
Funeral planning and the importance of making your wishes known. Funeral poverty and how to know your funeral pre payment is safe.

16 November 2017: 10.00 to 12.00

Your heart and soul/memories
Would you leave your organs to a stranger or donate your body to medical science. How to keep/share your memories with family and friends.

30 November 2017: 10.00 to 12.00

Difficult conversations/digital legacy
Discussion about challenging
conversations and how we support each other at difficult times. Closing Social Media accounts and storing digital information.

Mindfulness walk

Next walks: Fridays 10-11 am
25th August
29th September

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Sensing the Seasons
A 60 minute guided Mindfulness walk through
Witton Dene,
suitable for most abilities

the weather,
come prepared.

To find out more, contact Gillie
Tel: 0191 3711387 /07508 471522
Meeting place:
St Michael and All Angels
Church, Coach Lane,
Witton Gilbert, DH7 6SX

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