Local List (Buildings of Townscape Interest) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

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Throughout Ipswich there are many buildings and structures, which, while not on the statutory list maintained by Historic England, are of architectural and historic interest or make a significant contribution to the character and appearance of the borough.

Buildings and structures have been added to the Local List where they have been found to meet one or more of the criteria based on those in Historic England’s Local Heritage Listing: Historic England Advice Note 7, May 2016, which set out several measures for which sites should be assessed for local heritage listing, as well as consider the heritage values established by Historic England’s Conservation Principles, Policy and Guidance, April 2008.

The Council hopes that production of this Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) will raise awareness of the many unlisted but interesting and locally notable historic assets which make up the historic environment of our town and supports the Council’s Core Strategies and Development Management Policies in the adopted Local Plan.

The inclusion of a building or structure on the list will be a material consideration which the Council will consider when assessing planning applications. This means that when a planning application is made for a property on the Local List, then any proposed alterations or extensions will be considered with regard to the character of that property, whilst development affecting the significance of the property by way of introducing new development within the setting of the Locally Listed building, will also be considered.

Ipswich Borough Council adopted a Local List (Buildings of Townscape Interest) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) in 2013, with revisions made and adopted on 27th July 2016. The documents should be read together.

Disclaimer: As part of the 2020 revision of the Local List (see below), the 2013/16 document currently displayed on the webpage is under review. Persons with an interest in property on the 2013/16 list who have questions about its inclusion on that list (not about the 2020 review) should contact mike.taylor@ipswich.gov.uk

Inspection of adoption documents

You can also view these documents at the following locations:

  • Customer Services Centre, Town Hall, Cornhill, Ipswich (Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5.00pm)
  • 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)
  • Grafton House Reception, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich (Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5.00pm)

Updates to the Local List (Buildings of Townscape Interest) SPD

The Council regularly reviews the Local List (Buildings of Townscape Interest) SPD. On 06 October 2020, the public consultation period started for proposed changes to the Local List, including amending descriptions for existing entries, adding additional sites considered to meet the criteria for local listing, and in selected circumstances removing some 2013 entries. The consultation runs for 8 weeks from 06 October 2020 until 08 December 2020. Find out more about the consultation here.