Planning Policy

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The Planning Policy Team prepares and reviews a wide range of strategic planning documents, including the Ipswich Local Plan, which are used in the long-term planning of the Borough and in the determination of planning applications.

The Planning Policy Team are progressing with the Ipswich Local Plan Review and other Supplementary Planning Documents as identified in the Local Development Scheme.

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the Council's project plan for the preparation of documents that together will form the Ipswich Local Plan.
An Ipswich Strategic Planning Area (formerly the Ipswich Policy Area) has been identified in order to deal with cross boundary planning issues.
The Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) provides information on all aspects of the planning department's performance.
Brownfield land is land that has been previously developed. The Government is keen that local councils maximise the use of previously developed land for new housing and are aware of all such sites within their boundaries.
The Statement of Community Involvement sets out how Ipswich Borough Council intends to involve the community in the planning system.
Sources of information available on neighbourhood planning.

Biodiversity Net Gain Interim Planning Guidance Note for Suffolk

Biodiversity net gain (BNG) is an approach to development, and/or land management, that aims to leave the natural environment in a measurably better state than before the development took place.

Under the Environment Act 2021, all planning permissions granted in England (with a few exemptions) will have to deliver at least 10% biodiversity net gain from an as yet unconfirmed date, expected to be November 2023 for all but small sites (which will be required from April 2024).