The Planning Policy Team Leader presented the report, outlining the
points to be raised in the Council’s proposed response to the
Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils Joint Local Plan Preferred Options
(Regulation 18) consultation, which was due to close on 30
Councillor P Smart commented that the proposed housing on the
fringes of Ipswich could equate to over 5,000 residents and
highlighted the need for contributions to alleviate the impact on
Ipswich. Councillor P Smart added that
although contributions were being proposed for A14 junction
improvements, it would be preferable to consider how increases in
traffic flows could better be mitigated, for example, similar
traffic attenuation measures to those employed along Norwich Road
where traffic was held at Bury Road and released at a rate that
could be accommodated further along the road network.
Councillor P Smart also advocated contributions towards providing a
bus network and public transport improvements. The Planning Policy Team Leader reported that a
joint strategy would be put in place to mitigate transport and air
quality issues relating to fringe developments, which would
consider improvements to public transport. Officers would work with
the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area Board to ensure that land would
be reserved to deliver these improvements, e.g. bus stops, cycle
Councillor P Smart highlighted that contributions to mitigate the
impact on Ipswich’s services needed to be made up front to be
effective, e.g. the bus service on the Ravenswood was implemented
at the start of that development.
Councillor Cook asked about the amount of Gypsy and Travellers
accommodation currently provided in Babergh and Mid Suffolk. The
Planning Policy Team Leader reported that Mid Suffolk had a high
provision as it had authorised a site that had previously been
unauthorised, but Babergh had a much lower provision. The Gypsy and Travellers Accommodation Needs
Assessment from 2017 was available on the Council’s website
as part of the evidence base for its Local Plan.
Councillor Gage commented on bus services being cut by operators to
the East of Ipswich, impacting on routes to Martlesham and
Woodbridge, and highlighted that it was not just a matter of
influencing Babergh and Mid Suffolk authorities, but also gaining
support from Suffolk County Council and bus operators.
Councillor Gage highlighted the long term needs of Ipswich and its
surrounding areas for GPs and medical services. The Planning Policy Team Leader commented that
Officers were working closely with the NHS in relation to the
provision of medical services across the Ipswich Strategic Planning
Area; in those areas where recruitment of GPs was proving
difficult, ‘super medical centres’ could be considered
that would offer a wider range of services.
Councillor Holmes proposed that the fifth point of the
Council’s proposed response be amended to also request
contributions towards NHS medical services and public transport
provision, and this was agreed.
that the Committee note the summary of the main points of the Babergh & Mid Suffolk Local Plan Preferred Options (Regulation 18) Local Plan, and authorise the Head of Development to respond by 30th September 2019 covering the points in this report, subject to the minor amendment of the fifth point as detailed above.