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Ipswich Local Plan Review Update - November 2019

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Where is the Ipswich Local Plan Review up to?

The Council is preparing the Final Draft Ipswich Local Plan for the final stage of public engagement before submission of the Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate for Examination. The Council’s Executive on 29th October considered the Final Draft Ipswich Local Plan and resolved to refer it to Full Council for approval. However, the Full Council meeting scheduled to consider the draft on 13th November has been cancelled as a result of the General Election being called for 12th December 2019. This means that the Final Draft Local Plan will have to go to a later Full Council in January 2020. As a consequence, if the Final Draft Ipswich Local Plan is approved, it will mean the formal consultation will be later than originally anticipated. It is expected to run from mid-January 2020 for a period of 6 weeks. You can keep track of the proposed new Full Council meeting here.

The forthcoming consultation period is known as the ‘publication stage’. This is when the Council publishes a formal final draft of the Local Plan and invites the public to comment on whether the plan is ‘sound’. This is different from earlier stages of plan-making consultation which concentrated on the content of policies and sites in the plan. The Government defines what ‘sound’ means through the National Planning Policy Framework and it includes criteria such as:

  • Whether the plan meets Ipswich’s objectively assessed needs for housing and employment development;
  • Whether the plan is based on proportionate evidence and sets out an appropriate strategy;
  • Whether the plan is deliverable; and
  • Whether the plan is consistent with national policy.

The Council will alert everyone who is on the Local Plan contact list when the next consultation stage opens. Please ask to be added to our Local Plan contact list if you are not already on it and would like to receive direct notification of future stages in the plan making process. If you wish to be included on the list please email planningpolicy@ipswich.gov.uk . Also email the same address if you want to be removed from the list.

The Privacy Notice for data protection purposes can be found at the bottom of the Preferred Options web page and for further information about how we use your data, please visit www.ipswich.gov.uk/privacy.

Previous Consultation stages

Preferred Options Consultation January to March 2019

The Council undertook public consultation on its Preferred Options draft of the Local Plan from Wednesday 16th January until Wednesday 13th March 2019. The consultation documents are available to view here but please note that this consultation has now closed

600 individuals, organisations and local authorities responded to the consultation. In total 413 comments were made on the Core Strategy and Policies DPD, 160 on Site Allocations and Policies (incorporating IP-One Area Action Plan) and a further 27 submissions distributed between the Sustainability Appraisal, Habitats Regulation Assessment, Flood Risk and Archaeological Importance plans and Draft Strategic Housing & Economic Availability Assessment (SHELAA) documents.  

Issues and Options Consultation 2017

Thank you for your feedback on the Issues and Options consultation carried out between Friday 18th August and the 30th October 2017. We received over 800 written comments and suggestions; you spoke to us via social media and also in person at various exhibitions.

We asked you 106 questions ranging from working with neighbouring authorities to where new housing should go, how to design our built environment, how to tackle congestion and climate change.

Below is a selection of the comments received about Ipswich likes and dislikes: 

"Good regeneration of the Waterfront"
"Protect our rich, historic and distinctive architecture"
"Nice range of restaurants but need more variety of shops, maybe a 'super mall'"
"Lovely sense of community spirit and a good football team"
"Lots of open space and nice parks, we need to protect them"
"Create proper paths dedicated for cycling, like the Netherlands"
"Good connectivity to town centre with an invaluable train station"
"Lack of sports and leisure facilities for young people"
"More investment needed for contemporary arts and culture"
"Lack of tourist attractions, need to enhance visitor experience and promote as 'hotspot'"
"Expensive town centre parking, heavy congestion and poor air quality"
"Unsightly and derelict areas and buildings"

Formal Representations: 711
Postcards: 48
Comments written on maps: 23
Comment sheets: 9
Facebook and Twitter: 42 

Please find the Facebook and Twitter comments that were received. 

Consultation Summary Responses

A summary of the Issues and Options stage representations received can now be viewed on the Consultation Module site

Evidence base documents 

To view the evidence base documents that support the Ipswich Local Plan Review, please see the Core Document Library and the New Evidence Base Documents for the Local Plan Review.

Getting in touch 

We would like to add your contact details to the Local Plan Contact Mailing List so we can let you know about future planning matters.

If you wish to be included on the list please email planningpolicy@ipswich.gov.uk. Also email the same address if you want to be removed from the list.