Agenda item

Planning Consultations: Ipswich Local Plan/Public Realm Strategy/Urban Character Study

Minutes:

66.1    Sarah Barker, Planning Policy Team Leader presented the Local Plan Consultation and explained that the documents which were under review were the borough-wide Core Strategy (used to determine planning applications) and other policies including the Site Allocation Plan.  The current plan period was up until 2031 but after consultation this would be extended to 2036.  The proposed housing allocation would be 479 dwellings every year to meet the need and up to 5,580 jobs would be created by 2036.  The Strategic Policies had been aligned with the plans of Babergh, Mid Suffolk and Suffolk Coastal District Councils.

 

66.2    The vision, objectives and Key Priorities for the town were:

·                     To enable the town centre to adapt to new trends in how people shopped and used their leisure time;

·                     An increased emphasis on the community;

·                     Completing the regeneration of the Waterfront and Princes Street corridor;

·                     Support the delivery of infrastructure;

·                     Improve sustainable access to the town centre and movement within it.

 

66.3    The Development Management Policies had been reviewed to reflect new planning policies in July 2018, in light of air quality, shopfront design, advertisements, the evening and night time economy and the delivery and expansion of digital communication networks.

 

66.4    In the North West the main focus was on the area at the back of Suffolk Retail Park which had a proposed allocation of 88 homes, the revised timetable of 60 homes on the land at the former Tooks Bakery in Old Norwich Road, land opposite 674 - 734 Bramford Road and land at the Stocks site on Bramford Road.

 

66.5    The eight week consultation would close for comments on 13 March 2019, comment forms were available or could be completed online.  Documents were also available to be viewed on the website and paper copies were in the Central Library, the Customer Service Centre and Grafton House.  The Planning Policy Team could be contacted on 01473 432019 or e-mail planningpolicy@ipswich.gov.uk

 

66.6    Mike Taylor, the Senior Conservation Urban Design Officer presented the Ipswich Town Centre and Waterfront Public Realm Supplementary Planning Documents.  They set out the principles for the improvement to public spaces and set the guidance on making attractive, safe accessible spaces and streets for the approach to the delivery of new and replacement materials, street lighting, street furniture and other public realm elements.  It also identified a number of areas which could be subject to improvement within the project area.

 

66.7    £3m of funding was available and a number of areas for improvement had been identified in and around the Town Centre and a public consultation was underway to allow residents to state their preference in order of priority.  Four of the areas identified were:

·         Arras Square

·         Prices Street Bridge

·         Majors Corner

·         Extensions to the Cornhill Scheme (e.g. Westgate Street or Lloyds Avenue)

The consultation was available at www.ipswich.gov.uk under ‘Useful links’ on the homepage, by clicking ‘consultations’, then click on ‘Ipswich Town Centre and Waterfront Public Realm SPD’.  Paper copies and a voting touchscreen were also available at the meeting.

 

66.8    Mr Taylor also presented the Ipswich Urban Characterisation Study which sought comments to identify any key areas of North West Ipswich which were not covered by conservation areas.  The public consultation period was until 27 February 2019, feedback was invited and this could also be accessed via the website under the ‘Useful Links’ page, ‘Ipswich Urban Characterisation Studies’.  The Chair thanked the Planning Services Officers for their attendance.