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Public Consultation: Ipswich Urban Characterisation Studies

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Ipswich Borough Council is consulting on the Draft Ipswich Urban Characterisation Studies Supplementary Planning Documents

What are the Ipswich Urban Characterisation Studies?

In planning for growth in Ipswich, it is important to deliver high quality change which safeguards the best of the town’s character and secures positive improvements to the townscape. The Ipswich Urban Characterisation Studies were commenced in order to provide urban character analysis and guidance to areas outside of the town’s core which do not benefit from design guidance such as Conservation Area appraisals.

To this aim, the borough was divided into eight ‘urban character areas’, to explore areas where local distinctiveness could be identified to highlight the special interest of these areas and help inform new development. Studies have already been written and adopted for five of the eight urban character areas, and can be viewed on the Council’s website www.ipswich.gov.uk/content/urban-character-supplementary-planning-document.  

The adopted SPDs enable valued characteristics to be taken into account when changes affecting an area are proposed by way of a planning application and ensure that development and change reinforces local distinctiveness, as required by the National Planning Policy Framework and the adopted Core Strategy, and that it contributes to good design.  The remaining three Urban Characterisation Studies for North East, South East and Castle Hill/Whitehouse/Whitton have been drafted to complete the suite of Urban Characterisation documents, which are the subject of this consultation.

Public Consultation

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

The Council is seeking views on the drafts of:

Consultation Notice

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.

Privacy notice

Ipswich Borough Council is the data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018 and other regulations including the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679). 

As part of our public task, we will process your comment, and store your contact details. Your comment and name will be made public as it will form part of the evidence base used to inform the creation of planning policy documents, but we will not publish your email address, contact address or telephone number. The above purposes may require disclosure of any data received in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We will use this information to assist in plan making and to contact you regarding the planning consultation process.

We will hold this information for 5 years (or until the plan preparation process and legal challenge period is complete if longer) and will contact you again before this period expires to see if you wish to continue to take part in other planning consultations.

For further information about how we use your data please visit www.ipswich.gov.uk/privacy