CLOSED: Ipswich Borough Council Draft Local Validation List 2022 Consultation

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What is the Local Validation List?

The Local Validation List sets out the information that Ipswich Borough Council require to be submitted prior to a planning application being validated. It also provides advice on the detail and scope of that information, which will be dependent on the scale and nature of the proposal.

Validation is the process undertaken by the Council to check that new planning applications are complete and include all relevant supporting information. Validation is concerned only with whether applications have been correctly made. It is not concerned with whether proposals are acceptable in planning terms.

Why is the Council updating its Local Validation List?

Ipswich Borough Council’s current validation requirements are undergoing comprehensive review to reflect changes in planning legislation, policy and guidance.

The review of the Local Validation List will:

  • Provide greater certainty to applicants about the type and extent of information required as part of their application at the earliest possible stage;
  • Ensure greater consistency in registering and validating applications submitted to Ipswich Borough Council; and
  • Ensure the Council has all the information it needs to determine applications in a considered and timely manner.

Public Consultation

We are currently seeking feedback on the Ipswich Borough Council Draft Local Validation List 2022. This consultation will run for 6 weeks from 9am on 19 October 2022. Any comments received will be analysed and considered before the Council adopts the Draft Local Validation List 2022.

Inspection of Documents

The Draft Local Validation List 2022 and documents that support it are available to view below:

The documents listed above are also available for inspection at the following locations:

  • Town Hall, Cornhill, Ipswich (Mon to Sat 10am to 4pm);
  • Ipswich County Library, Northgate Street, Ipswich (Mon, Weds, Thurs 9am to 6pm; Tues, Fri 9am to 7pm; Saturdays 8.30am to 5pm and Sundays 10am to 4pm); and
  • Grafton House Reception, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich (Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5pm) – by appointment only (see arrangements below) *.

* To view the documents at the Council’s Offices, Grafton House, please call 01473 432019 or email to arrange viewing.

How to Comment

Please submit your comments to the Council in one of the following ways, to be received by 11.45pm on 30 November 2022:

  • By email to; or
  • In writing to the Planning Policy, Ipswich Borough Council, Grafton House, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2DE.

You may use the Consultation Form above, but it is not a requirement.

After the consultation closes all comments received will be considered and amendments made as appropriate. Once approved this will replace the current Local Validation List and will form the basis on which planning applications are deemed valid by Ipswich Borough Council.

If you have any questions about the consultation, please contact the Planning Policy team on 01473 432019 or email

Privacy Notice

Ipswich Borough Council is the data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018 and other regulations including the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679). 

As part of our public task, we will process your comment, and store your contact details. Your comment and name may be made public as it will form part of the evidence base used to inform the creation of planning policy documents, but we will not publish your email address or telephone number. The above purposes may require disclosure of any data received in accordance with the Freedom of information Act 2000. We will use this information to assist in plan making and to contact you regarding the planning consultation process.

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