A further round of public consultation started today on the new Local Plan for Ipswich.
The Local Plan will set the framework for how Ipswich is set to develop in the future – so if you want to find out more about proposed sites for housing and employment, as well as plans to protect and enhance Ipswich’s assets, this is your opportunity.
The Local Plan is made up of two documents – the Core Strategy and Site Allocations.
The Borough Council has doubled the length of the consultation period to 12 weeks as it wants to gather as many opinions as possible on the documents, which will help to determine how future planning applications are dealt with.
Consultation on draft versions of the two plans took place earlier this year but the Council has now reached the “proposed submission stage”, which means these are the versions of the Core Strategy and Site Allocations documents that it wishes to adopt.
Councillor Carole Jones, the Council’s Portfolio-folder for Planning, said: “These documents are key to shaping the future of Ipswich and will guide and support economic growth while also protecting and enhancing the town’s important assets. This consultation is an important stage in finalising the strategy, which we look forward to implementing over the years to come. I hope people will take this last opportunity to comment on the documents before they are placed before the Government’s Planning inspector.”
The Council is holding a number of drop-in public sessions during January and February:
· Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st January (11am- 4pm) at the Town Hall (Pickwick Room);
· Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th January (11am to 4pm) at Ipswich Sports Club, Henley Road;
· Wednesday 11th February (3pm – 8pm) at The Meeting Place, Limerick Close;
· Thursday 12th February (3pm – 8pm) at All Hallows Church Hall, Landseer Close;
· Friday 13th February (3pm – 8pm) at Colchester Road Baptist Church;
· Tuesday 17th February (3pm – 8pm) at St Peter’s Church, Stoke Park Drive
· Friday 20th and Saturday 21st February (11am – 4pm) at the Town Hall (Pickwick Room).
Following the consultation the documents will be submitted to the Planning Inspector next summer with a view to adopting them later in 2015.
All the documents and details of how you can respond can be found at www.ipswich.gov.uk/consultations. There are also copies at Ipswich libraries, at the Town Hall and in the Council’s offices at Grafton House, Russell Road, IP1 2DE.
All representations must be received by the Council by 5pm on Thursday 5th March 2015.