IBC's Core Strategy & Policies Development Plan Document
The Planning Inspector's final report, delivered to the Council on
17 November 2011 and to be considered by full Council on 14
December 2011, confirms its soundness legally and in the Council's
consultation and, thus, with the focused changes and minor
amendments, it should be adopted.
As far as the matters our members are deeply worried about,
housing and transport, the Inspector confirms the relevant Core
Strategies. As regards transport, the Northern By-Pass, the Wet
Dock Crossing and an additional Park & Ride facility are no longer in
On housing, the Inspector's "limited number of changes" include
the following statements: the Plan should "retain the priority for
residential development to be given to previously developed land
within the Ipswich IP-One area, whilst introducing a mechanism
to bring forward greenfield development, should circumstances of
unsatisfactory delivery prevail" and "Work on the supplementary
planning document in relation to the Northern Fringe will start as
soon as the Core Strategy is adopted."
The employment growth estimate is reduced but the need for new
dwellings will be at 700 per annum for 20 years - currently it's
about 650 completions per annum. This means that the Northern
Fringe will be developed, starting with 1,000 houses just north
of Valley Road on Ipswich School playing fields. The only major
brake to this will be the agreed necessity for a major overall Urban
Master Plan for the whole of the Northern Fringe, encompassing up
to 4,500 homes, transport infrastructure including railway access,
education, health, retail and recreation, including a country park.
This will take several years of planning and consultation so the first
start date is still 2016 at the earliest.
These conclusions almost completely ignore the people of northern
Ipswich, as represented by the Society (1300 members), the
Northern Fringe Protest Group (650 signatories), the Save Our
Suffolk Countryside Group (335 signatories) and at least 12 private
objectors - in total, nearly 2,500 who attended the hearings, spoke
and replied to the focused changes consultation. The views of the
members of the major house builders (Crest Nicholson, Barratt and
Mersea Homes, each of whom had expensive extensive and expert
representation throughout the Inquiry) and Ipswich School, have
been largely listened to and confirmed. We need to consider what to
do next to prevent this unnecessary and premature development.
Cover, issue 186