Ipswich people are being asked for their views on the Borough Council’s draft Local Plan, a new document charting the development of the town over the next two decades.
The Local Plan is a blueprint covering future areas for housing, retail, business and leisure to meet the needs of a growing population.
All councils have to produce a Local Plan every five years and the latest one reviews and updates a series of proposals that have helped to guide the sustainable growth of Ipswich.
The Council is launching its draft Local Plan consultation exercise tomorrow (16th January) and this will run until 13th March and everyone who lives or works in the town, along with local businesses and organisations, can have their say.
Councillor Carole Jones, Planning & Development portfolio-holder, said: “Our Local Plan is a document about the town and how we can shape it over the coming years.”
The draft plan, which takes Ipswich through to 2036, includes a proposed new Opportunity Area for mixed development in West End Road, new housing allocations in several sites and town centre plans made in tandem with shopfront design guidelines.
A change in Government calculations means that the required housing allocation for Ipswich until 2036 has fallen from nearly 10,000 to 8,622. This reduces reliance on neighbouring councils but that partnership will continue as there is a shortage of development land inside the Borough.
The draft plan also addresses the changing trends of people’s shopping and leisure habits, completes key regeneration sites and strengthens communities in the town.
The draft Local Plan will adopted by the Council in early 2020 following submission to the Secretary of State.
Go online to www.ipswich.gov.uk/ipswichfuture and have your say. You have until 13th March to do so.
The Council is also taking its draft proposals to its Area Committees. The following are being held over the next fortnight:
South East: Wednesday 16th January, 7pm, Alan Road Methodist Church, Rosehill Road IP3 8EX
North West: Thursday 17th January, 7pm, St Raphael Club, Highfield Road IP1 4JP
North East: Thursday 24th January, 7.30pm, Ransomes Sports Pavilion, Sidegate Avenue IP4 4JJ
Public consultation meetings have also been arranged at the Town Hall on Saturday 26th January from 10am to 4pm and on Thursday 14th February between 10.am and 4pm and then between 5.30pm and 8pm.
Cllr Carole Jones, tel: 07824 430158
Cllr Ian Fisher, opposition Conservative Group Leader, tel: 07702 038029
Cllr Inga Lockington, opposition Liberal Democrat Group Leader, tel: 01473 213444