These strategic documents which the Borough Council has been required to
produce constitute the most important matters for the town and therefore
The Ipswich Society at the present time and for the next few years.
Even with more space than usual to devote to this in the Newsletter, we
can only choose some of the Society's responses, some of them grouped to
make them easier to follow. We feel sure that members will find this
interesting. Some of the issues are very controversial, in which case
not everyone can be pleased by the Society's stance, but we hope these
comments to the Borough Council seem sensible and constructive.
We can add that the Suffolk Preservation Society has written to IBC
saying that "the Ipswich Society's reply can be taken to be the Suffolk
reply as well".
Introductory letter to The Ipswich Society to IBC to accompany our
We enclose our responses to the three major documents of the LDF which
we have read thoroughly and discussed at length. In general, we support
the proposals but we do put forward other views and emphasis in some
areas. Our members have expressed views to us that can be summarised as
- Overdevelopment: We are concerned that, in an attempt to achieve the
Ipswich Policy Area housing target, we develop every last plot of
previously developed land, back garden and odd green patch. Densities
need to be watched to avoid building future no-go areas. To prevent
this, consideration may have to be given to developing the Northern
Fringe in an 'eco' way before 2021.
- Traffic: Congestion in the town centre is becoming bad and will
worsen with more residents in Policy Area IP-One and increasing
Felixstowe Dock traffic. Imaginative multi-nodal traffic management
schemes are an urgent priority which should be planned in detail and
instituted before the developments are built. At the same time we
realise that major transport schemes are not within the Borough's
powers; plus all pressures must be brought to bear on the relevant
agencies to improve trunk roads and railways. We should be producing
sensible plans to do this.
- Design: As a Civic Society we are extremely perturbed by the quality
of design that is currently being given planning permission. Our
commitment to improving this through Development Control policies needs
to be emphasised and highlighted in the LDF. Further, we believe that
the centre of town needs an urgent review of the streetscape and traffic
arrangements by a multi-disciplinary executive group.
- Shopping: At the time of writing we do not feel that a greater area
of central Ipswich should be zoned for retail. Rather, we should
campaign actively to improve the quality of our shopping experience
using the Ipswich BID scheme.
Cover, issue 171