It is largely made up from Darlington County Borough built properties and service buildings started in the late 1940s through to the 1970s.
Although some of the council built houses and flats have been sold to tenants since the 1980s under the government 'right to buy' scheme, many are still retained as rented properties by the Housing Department of Darlington Borough Council (unitary authority). This management situation was consulted on in 2003-04 and the Housing Dept. retained management after consultations with tenants throughout the borough who expressed a desire to remain under local authority management rather than the alternatives.
It lies in the Cockerton West Ward of the Darlington Borough and elects two councillors every four years.
Adjacent to Branksome on the Northern side lies the old Darlington to Barnard Castle Railway line. Although there is little evidence of this now having primarily been reclaimed by farmers. When Branksome was first built it was possible to follow the railway line all the way to Barnard Castle.