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Public Consultation: Ipswich Town Centre & Waterfront Public Realm Strategy SPD

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What is the Public Realm Strategy?

The Ipswich Town Centre and Waterfront Public Realm Strategy SPD is a document which will provide design guidance for the renewal of Ipswich town centre’s public spaces, including streets, squares, the quays around the waterfront and the small number of green spaces within the central area, mostly churchyards (the study does not include the main urban parks, such as Christchurch or Holywells).

The aim is to achieve attractive, safe and accessible streets and spaces. This will be achieved through two types of guidance:

  • Design guidance for the specification of paving materials, street lighting, street furniture and other public realm elements - this is not site specific and will apply across the town centre
  • Design recommendations for identified projects, in key and supporting locations within the town centre, and also for a range of identified street types, from high streets to footpaths

In addition, the document will provide guidance on the maintenance and management of the public realm.

It is expected that masterplanning, grant applications, planning applications and public realm schemes will be able to use the SPD as guidance in developing more detailed specifications, and that it will provide consistency and vision in support of all future strategic planning for the town centre’s public realm.

Public Consultation

The consultation will run for six weeks starting on Wednesday 16th January and ending on Wednesday 27th February 2019

Inspection of documents (Venues)

The documents listed above are available for inspection on the Council’s website (www.ipswich.gov.uk/consultations) and at the following locations:     

  • The Customer Services Centre, Town Hall, Cornhill, Ipswich (weekdays 8.30am to 5.00pm);
  • The Ipswich County Library, Northgate Street, Ipswich (Mon, Weds, Thurs 9.00am to 6.00pm; Tues, Fri 9.00am to 7.00pm; Sat 8.30am to 5.00pm and Sun 10.00am to 4.00pm);
  • Grafton House Reception, 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich (Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5.00pm)

Public consultation notice (date of notice Wednesday 16th January)

Consultation Documents

Consultation Events

Officers will be on hand to answer questions at the following dates and venues;

  • ‘Drop-in’ exhibitions will be held at Ipswich Town Hall in the Pickwick Room:
    • Saturday 26th January (10am – 4pm)
    • Thursday 14th February (10am - 4pm and 5:30pm – 8pm)

How to comment

You can submit your comments by email to planningpolicy@ipswich.gov.uk using the comments form below.

  • Comments Form - Word and PDF      

Paper copies of the comments form will also be available at the venues listed above. 

Comments must be received no later than 11.45pm on Wednesday 27th February 2019.