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The Council is required by law to review its area from time to time and consider whether there are areas of special architectural or historic interest that should be preserved and enhanced and, if so, to designate them as Conservation Areas.

The designation of a Conservation Area introduces a number of additional planning controls which mean that you may not (with certain exceptions) demolish a building or even part of one without first obtaining consent from the Council. This is because it is the appearance of the area as a whole that is important and could be spoiled by unsympathetic work that diminishes its special character.

In addition, there are some Conservation Areas in Ipswich that are subject to an Article 4 Direction which places further planning controls on individual properties.

There are now 15 designated Conservation Areas in Ipswich. View list of streets within the Conservation Areas.

Detailed appraisal documents providing information on what the council considers to be special about the character of each area, the precise boundaries, the properties which fall within these areas and also the specific policies which apply within each area can be viewed and downloaded in PDF format below, in order of designation:

These titles are general and do not define the areas precisely. Reference should always be made to the boundaries on the designation maps that can be inspected at Grafton House.

Contact Details

Conservation and Urban Design,
Ipswich Borough Council,
3W Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 432934