With all due respect KW, where else would you expect the likes of Darlington and Northwich to be placed?
Both are merely relegated teams, rather than 'new' clubs in the way that Halifax and Chester were.
The FA have decided that Northwich will only be relegated by one Step, which means that they will automatically go to the NPLD1 (probably south).
Darlington is a slightly different situation, but unless that you are advocating that the club (as it currently exists) should be relegated by at least four divisions, then there is realistically no other place for them to go. I cannot believe that even the FA, in their infinite wisdom would relegate them to the Isthmian or Southern leagues.
I apologise if I am not upto date with the Darlington saga. Just last week, there were plans and alot of talk that they were going to be launching a phoenix club, just as Chester and Halifax Town have done. If that's true. then they should be placed at the bottom of the tier. I have no problem with Northwich Victoria playing in the Evo-Stik, unless they decided to close and launch a phoenix club in its place.
That is why I put in the caveat "(as it currently exists)" when referring to Darlington.
If a new Club is formed after a club goes out of business, then according to the statement put out at the end of June, 2010, by the FA after the Chester debacle, they should start at Step 5.
Of course, we are talking about the FA here and sure enough, at the first opportunity to back up that statement with action which came only a year later, they placed the newly formed Ilkeston FC at Step 4.
Of course, if Darlington fans were to start up a new club whilst the current club still exists, then I would expect the new club to have to start at Step 6 or Step 7 (or lower possibly).