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Closed: Ipswich Local Plan ‘Call for Sites’

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Please note: This consultation is now closed

Do you know of or own a site in Ipswich with realistic future development potential within the next twenty years (2016-2036)? Let Ipswich Borough Council know about it so we can consider whether it is a suitable site for allocation within the new Local Plan.

Ipswich Borough Council adopted its new Local Plan in February 2017, which guides development in the Borough of Ipswich for the period 2011 to 2031.

However, the Council is now required to commence work on joint or aligned local plans with neighbouring local authorities to meet development needs in Ipswich Borough to 2036, due to the geographical nature of the Borough boundary. 

The first step in the preparation of a new Local Plan is to identify potential development sites within Ipswich Borough that can assist in meeting future housing needs and supporting economic growth.

Please note: The Local Plan review assumes that all sites identified for development in the current plan remain appropriate and will not need to be replaced in the new Local Plan. Sites identified for a specific land use in current plans do not need to be promoted again through this process, unless a change of use is sought.

Once a site is allocated for a particular use, this is then used to guide any future planning applications or development proposals. Submission of a site for consideration does not guarantee its allocation.

What types of uses are suitable?

Interested parties are invited to submit sites within Ipswich Borough for future development or other land uses such as open spaces. Future development uses include housing, employment, leisure, retail, community uses, art, culture or tourism, and mixed development (i.e. where a site is suitable for multiple uses such as retail and housing).

What sizes of sites are suitable?

Ipswich Borough Council is inviting site submissions on sites of 0.1 hectares or more, or are capable of delivering five or more homes.

In all instances sites should only be submitted where the promoter will be able to clearly demonstrate that the site can be brought forward for its proposed use before 2036. Please be aware that there is no guarantee that a submitted site will be allocated for the suggested, or indeed any, use.

Preparing your submission

All respondents promoting a new site for development should complete the ‘Ipswich Borough Council Call for Sites Submission Form’.

The form should be completed as thoroughly and precisely as possible to enable an accurate assessment of the site to be made. The Council have prepared thorough Guidance Notes to support this process, please read these carefully before proceeding with your submission.

If you have any questions relating to the Call for Sites, or these guidance notes, then please contact the Planning Policy team on 01473 432019 or e-mail planningpolicy@ipswich.gov.uk

Please note: It is essential that a map which clearly identifies the boundaries of the proposed site should also be provided on an OS base and at a scale of no less than 1:2500.

Submitting your response to the Call for Sites

Responses should be completed and submitted by email to planningpolicy@ipswich.gov.uk (Please Reference IBC 2017 Call for Sites in the subject line).

Alternatively, completed hard copy forms can also be sent to:

Planning Policy
Ipswich Borough Council
Grafton House
15-17 Russell Road
All submissions should be made before 11.45pm on Wednesday 26th July 2017.

Please note: Anonymous submissions cannot be accepted as key details will need to be verified before a site can be allocated.

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