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The Langley Estate is up for sale. In total there is about 2,615 acres, which includes a large part of the Parish to the west of Witton Gilbert village.

Land immediately adjacent to or in the village is contained within the Fulforth Farm lot which abuts Norburn Park and extends to the boundary of Sacriston,  the village allotments are also  part of the sale.

The extract below from the sales information shows  that the land directly adjacent to the village is seen as a possible development opportunity.

Interest has been expressed by a major national operator to enter into a Promotion Agreement to achieve planning consent for residential development in respect of the land shown as hatched on the sale plan. The Vendor is prepared to put interested parties in touch if required.”

To view details of the sale follow the link below :-

List of individual lots

1 Broom House Farm 633.92 acres
2 Land at Langley House Farm 596.79 acres
3 Langley House Farm and Cottages 64.42 acres
4 Langley West House Farm 213.47 acres
5 Land at Langley West House Farm 34.74 acres
6 Fulforth Farm 430.53 acres
7 Land at Blackburn Farm and Fishing Rights 75.12 acres
8 Land at Fellside Farm 198.37 acres
9 Land at Ibbotsons 107.00 acres
10 Land at Long Edge 13.66 acres
11 Langley Park Industrial Estate 23.82 acres
12 Land at Park Villas 8.02 acres
13 West Hall Cottage 2.24 acres
14 Langley Forest 202.79 acres
15 High Hedley Hope Wind Farm 2.90 acres
16 Fulforth Grazing Land 5.35 acres
17 Allotments 2.05 acres
18 1 Parkhouse Cottage 0.20 acres
The Whole The Langley Estate 2,615.39 acres

Folk Singing Sessions

Folk Singing Sessions
@ St Michael & All Angels Church,
Witton Gilbert Fridays 1-3pm
Come along and join in!

Friday 21st September
New singers & musicians welcome


For further information

Tel. Gillie on 07508471522 or 01913711387
Meeting place:
St Michael and All Angels
Church, Coach Lane,
Witton Gilbert, DH7 6SX


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.

Creative writing-Get active-Mindfulness-Woodland wonders

     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!

Creative writing flier

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

Intro 2 Mindfulness Feb 2018

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

Breathing space logo

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,