Ten Point Plan for the Northern Fringe as proposed by The Ipswich Society
1. A sense of Community, although we accept that this is very difficult to
achieve within a new development, particularly when the houses are
predominantly occupied by young families. But by identifying common goals
and by providing facilities to meet common needs, the beginnings of a unified
community can emerge.
2. A sense of Place, and ideally the space must have a (village) centre. In
this respect Martlesham Heath has a centre but Ravenswood doesn't (or at
least it doesn't have a single simple centre). Master-planning should
include provision for a local centre
(shops), primary school, doctors' surgery, public house and village green
(park). Later development could include a community centre and recreational
3. A sense of Purpose; the Northern Fringe needs to be much more than just a
housing estate, more than just another suburb of Ipswich, and certainly more
than row upon row of tacky little boxes. Purpose is created by employment,
well being, recreation and leisure facilities, and ease of communication.
4. A sense of Security, which Ravenswood has achieved - partly by layout,
partly by design and to some extent by the singular vehicle access. There is
much to commend in the Suffolk Police' Security by Design' standards but
equally some points are inhibiting to good neighbourliness (e.g. security
fencing). One key factor within the Design Guide is natural surveillance,
whereby there are no dark alleys or blind corners on walking and cycle
5. A policy of Pedestrians First in the design of road layouts, crossing
points and sight lines. Footpaths should be convenient, continuous and
conspicuous. Pedestrians will take the direct line across the grass, planted
areas and will break down simple barriers to achieve a straight line to their
destination. Such routes should be pre-determined and surfaced to meet
requirements. Footpaths can have joint use as cycle tracks which offer the
advantage of increased width; ideal for prams, trundle toys and families
walking together. The cycleway should not be constantly interrupted with'
cyclist dismount' signs as they are at Ravenswood.
6. The development needs to meet the highest standards of sustainability, in
particular making extensive use of local materials that have required the
minimum energy in manufacture and delivery. Wherever possible, materials
from renewable sources should be specified and there should be avoidance of
those made from hydrocarbons. It should also be borne in mind that
sustainability can be achieved by orientation, that is turning the property
to face the sun rather than the road.
7. The Northern Fringe is a 21st century development and the styles of
architecture should reflect this. The variety of housing types constructed
should reflect the requirements of modem living and although we accept family
homes with gardens are a prime requirement in Ipswich there should also be
units to meet a wide and diverse range of living styles. Consideration
should be given as to how planning conditions can be applied and enforced, in
particular individual satellite dishes and the restrictions on the parking of
second and third vehicles, particularly the overnight
parking of vans.
8. The Ipswich Society can offer no suggestion as to how the inevitable
increase in traffic could be accommodated on to the current road layout but
suggest that there should be an independent study of the existing congestion
problems across northern Ipswich together with suggestions for possible
solutions once the additional Northern Fringe traffic is added to the mix.
We suggest that there are no through routes for vehicles (other than public
transport) across the development, so a northern by-pass is not created by
9. Open Spaces. Careful account should be taken of existing trees,
hedgerows and bio-diverse spaces which should be preserved and enhanced, and
the Master Plan should include a country park (as recommended in the Core
10. Public Art. It goes without saying that multiple works of public art
should be included across the Northern Fringe, as at Ravenswood.