Friday, 22 January 2016

Help Council plan Ipswich town's future

 People can have their say on draft planning documents about Ipswich buildings of local importance and open spaces in the town.

The two Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) will help the Borough Council to take decisions on planning applications.

The Council adopted the Local List (Buildings of Townscape Interest) SPD in 2013. This recognises the importance of buildings that are not listed nationally but are valued locally. There are eight new buildings in the draft SPD and residents have an opportunity to comment on them.

The SPD will also help the Council to preserve and enhance the historic fabric and special character of the town.

The draft Public Open Space SPD replaces older guidance on open space and children’s play areas, covering a wide range of open spaces, including parks and gardens, wildlife spaces, children’s play areas, outdoor sports facilities and allotments. This document will help to guide how much open space is needed in new developments.

Councillor Carole Jones, the Borough Council’s Planning portfolio-holder, said: “Ipswich has a rich built heritage that is documented our Local List SPD and we are very pleased to propose additions to it. Similarly, all of us value Ipswich’s wonderful open spaces. We would welcome any comments that people have on how we can ensure that new development continues to enhance these aspects of the town.”

The consultation documents, including details of how to respond, can be viewed at The documents can also be viewed at the Customer Service Centre, Town Hall (weekdays 8.30am to 5pm), Grafton House 15-17 Russell Road, Ipswich (Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5pm), Ipswich County Library, Northgate Street and at branch libraries.

Comments need to be received by the Council by 11.45pm on Monday 7th March 2016.

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