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Conservation Areas are designated by the Local Planning Authority under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. These are areas designated because of their special architectural or historic interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve.

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.

There are 15 designated Conservation Areas in Ipswich, for which Conservation Area Appraisals have been written and adopted. 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.

To check if your property is located within a Conservation Area, you can view the list of streets within the Conservation Areas.

Conservation Area Review

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, or extend or amend the boundaries of existing Conservation Areas as necessary.

As part of this process, the Council is currently proposing to:

  • Revise the boundary of the Park Conservation Area, to include Christchurch Mansion, the lodge at 1 Soane Street, entrance walls and gates along Soane Street, St Margaret’s Church, and the lodge and entrance gates at 53 Bolton Lane are all proposed to be included in the Park, all of which are currently included in the Central Conservation Area. You can read more about the extent of designation and reasoning for the proposal here.

These proposed alterations to the existing boundaries of Conservation Areas are to rationalise some of the boundaries of our Conservation Areas, whilst also ensuring that areas of special architectural and historic interest are recognised and conserved. This forms part of a wider review of the borough’s existing Conservation Areas, which shall progress throughout 2019 and 2020.

Conservation Area Appraisals

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.

Date of notice: 19 February 2019.

Contact Details

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

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01473 432934