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Ipswich Urban Character SPD

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Ipswich Borough Council has prepared a supplementary planning document (SPD) about the urban character of different areas of Ipswich Borough.

The Urban Character SPD provides design guidance to support the implementation of adopted Core Strategy policies CS2, The Location and Nature of Development, and DM5, Urban Design Quality. These policies aim to protect and enhance the special character and distinctiveness of Ipswich.

The SPD does not cover the conservation areas within Ipswich, which already benefit from conservation area character appraisals.

The Urban Character SPD provides guidance for developers and planners to use. It is based on character areas, which have been identified using factors such as historical character, topography, natural features and street types. It provides urban design analysis and information but not prescriptive advice about how development should be designed.

The SPD

The map below shows the character areas identified in Ipswich. The parts of the SPD produced so far relate to Norwich Road; Gipping and Orwell Valley; Parks; California; Chantry; Stoke Park and Maidenhall.

California
California Character Area
Gipping & Orwell Valley
Valley Character Area
Norwich Road
Norwich Road Character Area
Parks
Parks Character Area
Chantry, Stoke Park and Maidenhall
Chantry, Stoke Park and Maidenhall Character Area

For each character area, the SPD provides information on the historical background, biodiversity and archaeology, transport and access, open space and green space, landform and views, urban analysis and on sub areas within each broad character area.

The remaining parts of the Borough are scheduled to be characterised in the next phase of work starting in 2016.

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Acknowledgements

Ipswich Borough Council would like to thank the individuals and organisations who assisted in the production of the Ipswich Urban Character Study SPD:

Dr Abby Antrobus, Juliet Aster, Bon Blastock, Su Heath (IBC), Chris Fish (SCC), Jill Freestone, David Kindred, Agnes Kummert (IBC), Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service, English Heritage, IBC Conservation and Design Panel, IBC Parks and Open Spaces, The Ipswich Society, Natural England, Over Stoke History Group, SCC Archaeological Service, SCC Highways, Wherstead Road Residents Association, The Woodland Trust.

Supporting information

Ipswich Urban Character SPD (Norwich Road; Gipping and Orwell Valley; Parks and California)

The Council adopted the Ipswich Urban Character SPD (Norwich Road; Gipping and Orwell Valley; Parks and California) on 28th January 2015. The consultation statement below summarises the consultation that was undertaken during the preparation of the SPD, the comments received and the Council’s responses, including any modifications made to the SPD.

The adoption statement provides information including a brief description of the subject matter of the SPD, where relevant documents are available for inspection and the timescale for mounting a legal challenge.

Ipswich Urban Character SPD (Chantry, Stoke Park and Maidenhall)

The Council adopted the Ipswich Urban Character (Chantry, Stoke Park and Maidenhall) SPD on 18th November 2015.

The Consultation Statement below summarises the consultation that was undertaken during the preparation of the SPD, the comments received and the Council's responses, including any modifications made to the SPD.

The adoption statement provides information including a brief description of the subject matter of the SPD, where relevant documents are available for inspection and the timescale for legal challenge.

Contact Details

Ipswich Borough Council,
Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,
Ipswich,
IP1 2DE

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