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CLOSED - Public Consultation: Issues and Options for the Ipswich Local Plan Review and the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

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Please note: This consultation has now closed.

What is a Local Plan?

A Local Plan determines the amount of future development needed in the Borough for land uses such as housing, offices, industry and retail.  It allocates sites for new development, identifies areas where development should be restricted and includes policies which are used for determining planning applications.  The Local Plan Review will look ahead to 2036.

What is Sustainability Appraisal?

Sustainability appraisal is the process of assessing the impacts of plans and programmes on the environment, economy and society.  The purpose is to help to ensure plans contribute towards sustainable development.  The scoping report is the first stage to establish the framework for the appraisal.

Public Consultation

The consultation will run for ten weeks starting on Friday 18th August 2017 and ending at 11.45pm on Monday 30th October 2017.  The Council is seeking views on two documents:

  • Issues and Options for the Ipswich Local Plan Review (This document is in two parts under Consultation Documents):
  • Part 1 – this has been prepared jointly with Suffolk Coastal District Council in order to consider strategic, cross-boundary issues;    
  • Part 2 - addresses local issues for Ipswich Borough; and
  • A Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report - which will form the basis for sustainability appraisal of the new Local Plan Review documents as they are prepared over coming months.

Inspection of documents

The documents listed above are available for inspection on the Council’s website (www.ipswich.gov.uk/consultations) and at the following locations:             

  • The Customer Services Centre, Town Hall, Cornhill, Ipswich (weekdays 8.30am to 5.00pm);
  • The Ipswich County Library, Northgate Street, Ipswich (Mon, Weds, Thurs 9.00am to 6.00pm; Tues, Fri 9.00am to 7.00pm; Sat 8.30am to 5.00pm and Sun 10.00am to 4.00pm);
  • Branch libraries across Ipswich (Chantry, Gainsborough, Broom Hill open Mon-Sun various opening hours; Rosehill, Stoke, open Tues-Sun various opening hours);
  • Grafton House Reception, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich (Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5.00pm).

 Consultation Documents

To view the evidence base documents that support the Ipswich Local Plan Review, please see the Core Document Library.

 Consultation Events

Officers will be on hand to answer questions at the Ipswich Area Committee meetings between 6th and 21st September 2017 – please see Ipswich Community page for dates and venues

 ‘Drop-in’ exhibitions will also be held at Ipswich Town Hall in the Pickwick Room:

  • Saturday 30th September 2017, 11am – 3pm and
  • Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 11am – 3pm

 How to comment

You can submit your comments electronically using the Council’s online consultation module, or by email to planningpolicy@ipswich.gov.uk using the comments form, below.

 Paper copies of the comments form will also be available at the venues listed above. 

 Please note that comments cannot be treated as confidential and will be available to view publicly. However, published comments will exclude your personal contact details and include only your name.