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Conservation and Urban Design

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Ipswich Borough Council Conservation and Urban Design Team is responsible for maintaining the statutory list of listed buildings and for the designation of locally listed buildings.

In consultation with community groups and the Council's Conservation and Design Panel, the team prepares appraisals and possible enhancement plans for the town's 15 conservation areas including the making of Article 4 Directions where appropriate.

Conservation advice is given on applications for works to listed buildings and on significant works to historic buildings within conservation areas and registered parks and gardens. Advice can also be given on traditional methods of historic building repair.

The team maintains a register of Buildings at Risk and pro-actively takes action where appropriate to secure the carrying out of necessary repair works.

Urban Design

Urban design adds value for the town both visually and functionally, but more importantly it benefits people by making Ipswich more liveable and attractive to residents and visitors.

The team provides urban design advice on planning applications, pre-applications, and design briefs.  We also produce design codes and guidance.

Useful addresses

Ipswich Historic Churches Trust

James Hall
c/o 20-32 Museum Street
Ipswich, IP1 1HZ

Tel: 01473 232300

Ipswich Building Preservation Trust

The Secretary
Ipswich Building Preservation Trust Ltd
7 Northgate Street
Ipswich, IP1 3BU

Tel: 01473 255591


The Ipswich Society


Ipswich Archaeological Trust

Keith Wade
1-2 Bourne Cottages, Bourne Hall
Wherstead, IP2 8NH

Tel: 01473 689264

SPAB (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings)

37 Spital Square
London E1 6DY

Tel: 020 7247 1644


The Twentieth Century Society

70 Cowcross Street
London EC1M 6EJ

Tel: 020 7250 3857


The Victorian Society

1 Priory Gardens
London W4 1TT

Tel: 020 8994 1019


English Heritage

East of England Office
Brooklands, 24 Brooklands Avenue
Cambridge, CB2 8BU

Tel: 01223 582700


Contact Details

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

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01473 432934