Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) provide guidance on applying Local Plan policies. Prior to the introduction of SPDs in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the Council produced a number of Supplementary Planning Guidance documents (SPGs). The guidance contained in SPDs and SPGs is a material consideration in the consideration of planning applications.
Ipswich Borough Council has adopted the following SPDs:
The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the Council’s project plan for the preparation of documents including SPD.
The Council is seeking feedback on the content of a Draft Development and Flood Risk SPD. This consultation will run for 6 weeks from 9.00 am on Tuesday 10th August 2021 to 11:45pm on Tuesday 21st September 2021. The documents are available for inspection here. The Draft Development and Flood Risk SPD updates the previous version adopted in 2016, to reflect new climate change forecasts, the updated Ipswich Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (October 2020), the completion of the Ipswich tidal flood defences in 2019 and revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework in 2019 and 2021.
An Identified Frontages (Central Shopping Area and District and Local Centres) SPD was previously due to be prepared to review and amend the identified frontages within the Primary, Secondary and Speciality Shopping Area of the Central Shopping Area, and the District and Local Centres. However, the 2018 review of the National Planning Policy Framework deleted reference to frontages. As a consequence, the draft Local Plan Review has revised the approach within the Central Shopping Area to focus on groups of shop units instead of frontages. The groups are identified through an appendix to the draft Local Plan Review. The change in approach responds to the need for greater flexibility in the Central Shopping Area to support town centre regeneration. Therefore, the Council no longer plans to prepare this SPD.