Fore Street and Duke Street junction changes
The Society at local members' requests attended various meetings
on these contentious changes. Suffolk County Councils' Highways
Department was granted a large tranche of money from the
Department of Transport if it could design a scheme which reduced
traffic flow by 10%. This it did by preventing traffic from Back
Hamlet entering the junction and installing traffic lights. Public
consultation was poor even if barely legal and there was much
public dissatisfaction particularly by local traders who were badly hit
and fail to see any improvement for the £350,000 spend. However
these schemes take a little time to settle and that junction may well
be a little better. Others will not fare so well (St Helens Street and
Marriott's Site, Handford Road
MacCarthy and Stone's proposals for the site have now been
registered after early public consultation. They propose complete
site clearance including the former public house which has not
been licensed for at least 40 years. They wish to build a care of the
I have received different views on the desirability of the scheme and
the Society's letter to the Council will reflect that.
Arclion House, Hadleigh Road
This will be demolished and replaced by 15 affordable housing units
designed by Barefoot and Gilles. This was supported by the Society.
The primary developers of the four largest sites are now in
administration. No building is taking place now or in the foreseeable
future on Cranfield's Mill, Regatta Quay, Shed 8 (currently a car
park, between Neptune Quay and the newest university buildings
in Duke Street) and St Peter's Port (between Star Lane and College
Street next to St Peter's Church).
Barton Wood, Stone Lodge Lane, demolition of two houses and
replace with 29 dwellings.
Permission was refused. The application
did not comply with over 30 different Local Planning Policies, had no
transport assessment on Stone Lodge Lane and there were some 65
different local objectors. Most importantly it would have meant the
loss of two fine early 20th century houses which are not Listed but
are deemed to be of Local Heritage Value.
The Parks Department have permission to fell 19 sick trees (some
horse chestnuts, weakened by leaf mosaic and a fungus, are
succumbing to chancre) 10 trees because they interfere with views
of the cenotaph and the wetlands and 3 trees because they are in
the wrong place. The Friends of Christchurch Park are in agreement.
Oil storage tanks, Europa Way
This application mentioned in the October Newsletter has been
withdrawn. We have heard, but there is no confirmation as yet,
that the Volpak tank farm on Landseer Road will close. If this is
true then the Tolly Cobbold Cliff Brewery can be redeveloped as
It is said work will start in January as they have come to a large
financial settlement on the Novotel roundabout. There have been no
public consultations on this by mid-December.
Great Whip Street, to build nearly 400 residential units.
The further application for the development of the Graham's site for
higher buildings and more units has been withdrawn.
2 Constitution Hill
This largely invisible and unsatisfactory house built on a garden
grab from 77 Henley Road in the 1960s will be almost completely
demolished and replaced with a 2.5 storey house. The Society
welcomes the proposal but has reservations about the height, and
the multiplicity of external materials. Further consideration needed
before permission should be granted.
Ipswich Borough Council Core Strategy for Planning
IBC's Core Strategy has been developed, consulted upon publicly
and agreed. It was placed before a Planning Inspector for its
Examination in Public before becoming the town's Official and Legal
Strategic Plan. However, the Secretary of State, Mr Eric Pickles,
by scrapping the Regional Spatial Strategies, altered many of the
premises upon which it was based. And so the Planning Inspector
decided to postpone the examination from midsummer to an
indeterminate time until the Borough had had time to reconsider
how the Core Strategy would be affected by such edicts. They
are, most importantly, the removal of RSS and its accompanying
proposed new house build numbers. These had particularly
irritated many rural councils as they could not see the need for
the imposition of such large numbers of affordable houses in small
towns and villages. Hertfordshire would have been inundated
and Suffolk Coastal remains still very far from a solution. (Hence
their tacit support for a large development at Adastral Park.) The
Borough officers considered whether to alter it to accommodate
these new edicts or to rewrite the entire Core Strategy which would
not only have been very expensive and time consuming but also
have left the town relying on the 1997 plan for its legal planning
base which would have hardly stood up to inquiry 15 years later.
IBC's Executive Committee agreed in early October to recommend
a change to Policy CS12 (Affordable Housing) reducing from 40%
to 35% of affordable housing in developments of more than 15
units and a further strengthening of the infrastructure requirement
components in Policy CS10 (Ipswich Northern Fringe) as the
appropriate way forward. There will need to be a full comprehensive
strategic plan of the entire Northern Fringe by an independent
consultant town planner. Public consultation is now open through
the usual channels and the Society will be replying before the
closing date of 17 January 2011.