Ipswich has relatively tight administrative boundaries and there are cross boundary issues that are relevant to the development and future of the Borough, the urban area of Ipswich and surrounding areas. This has long been recognised with the identification of the ‘Ipswich Policy Area’.
The area has now been extended and renamed as the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area (ISPA). The geography of the area now equates with the Ipswich Housing Market Area and the Ipswich Functional Economic Area, which both extend over the whole of Ipswich Borough, and Babergh, Mid Suffolk and Suffolk Coastal Districts.
An ISPA Board consisting of councillors and officers from Babergh, Mid Suffolk and Suffolk Coastal District Councils, Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk County Council is a key vehicle for cross boundary planning in the ISPA.
The terms of reference of the ISPA Board are shown below:
The revised Terms of Reference now refer to preparing Statement(s) of Common Ground to support Local Plan making and monitoring.
Action notes from the meetings, once agreed by the Board, will be available to view on this page together with published discussion papers.
Ipswich Borough Council prepared a Duty to co-operate statement and accompanying Ipswich Policy Area map to explain the approach to working with other bodies on strategic planning matters during preparation of the adopted Ipswich Local Plan 2017. The Duty to co-operate statement was updated in December 2015 to accompany submission of the Ipswich Local Plan to the Government for Examination during 2016.
A Memorandum of Understanding relating to planning for housing and employment development within the Ipswich Housing Market Area and Ipswich Functional Economic Area was signed in June 2016.
View further information on the adopted Ipswich Local Plan and the joint or aligned Local Plan review.