The Local Development Framework
Core Strategies and Policy Document
This is a summary of the many responses made by the Society in late
November to IBC's document, much of which has our support.
The Location of and Nature of Development
This proposed policy of allocating employment to the Cranes site will
not encourage the engine of the town centre. We believe it is important
to encourage the redevelopment of sites in Princes Street and Grafton
Way. It seems illogical to site our major employment sites on the
eastern borders and the housing areas on the north western fringe.
The amount of housing required
We remain sceptical not about the numbers but about the rate of growth.
We can find no evidence that at current economic growth rates we will
need to bring forward the date of utilising greenfield land north of
Ipswich. Nevertheless in due course it will have to be used and thus if
Ipswich is to retain any reputation as a well planned authority it is
obligatory to have the whole of the Northern Fringe assessed and planned
by consultants of national status. It would be totally unacceptable to
allow individual house builders to proceed as they wish, driven by what
they see as the market. It is probable that in future years it will
have to take up to 5,000 dwellings.
Planning for jobs growth
We would like to see specific encouragement given to upper level
developments for professional, business, banking and insurance use,
particularly in the lP-One Area. This would reduce the need for
commuters to cross town, and some would clearly live on the Waterfront
and walk to work.
East-West Transport policy
Whilst the Society would like to see improvements to the east-west
traffic flow, it does believe that this is not such a major problem.
Some relatively minor improvement schemes with traffic light phasing
will help a great deal.
We would like to see this re-worded so that it becomes incumbent on any
applicant to fulfil strict criteria laid down by the Council. We are
still allowing too much very poor stuff to be built. The Planning and
Development Committee needs to be given more teeth so that it can more
comfortably reject such applications without fear of appeals.
Buildings of Townscape Interest
- The Government's Draft PPS 15, to which the Council has replied,
reduces the protection of Grade II Listed buildings. Your intention to
make protection remains as it is now should be emphasised.
- We are particularly concerned that buildings which do not comply
with a low C02 footprint may be altered in a completely unsympathetic
way or even demolished.
- We are delighted that the Local List is to be updated. The Society
itself produced the 1977 edition and would hope to be involved with the
Head of Conservation in this work.