Issue details

Ipswich Urban Character Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) - Suburban Areas (Castle Hill, Whitehouse and Whitton; North-East; South-East)

The Ipswich Urban Character Supplementary Planning Document applies to the entire area of Ipswich Borough, with the exception of designated conservation areas, and the area of the Ipswich Garden Suburb. It is divided into eight urban character areas, the boundaries of which are defined by their shared urban character. For each area, the SPD analyses the built character and other environmental factors such as biodiversity, and provides guidance to help ensure that new development supports the local distinctiveness of the area. It will support the implementation of adopted Ipswich Core Strategy policies DM5 and CS2. 


SPD chapters for five of the urban character areas have already been adopted by the Council: i) Norwich Road, ii) Parks, iii) Valley, iv) California, v) South West (Chantry, Stoke Park and Maidenhall).


The report will be seeking approval from the Executive to undertake consultation on the draft chapters for the remaining three areas: i) Castle Hill, Whitehouse and Whitton, ii) North East, iii) South East.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: Bixley; Castle Hill; Gainsborough; Holywells; Priory Heath; Rushmere; St John's; Whitehouse; Whitton;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 26/11/2018

Decision due: 8 Jan 2019 by Executive

No change since last plan

Lead member: Portfolio Holder: Development & Museums

Contact: Rebecca Styles Email: Tel: 01473 432000.

Consultation process

The three chapters of the Ipswich Urban Character SPD (Castle Hill/Whitehouse/Whitton; North-East; South-East) will be subject to a single phase of consultation to invite comments on the draft SPDs.


Portfolio Holder for Development & Museums

Chief Operating Officer

Head of Development

Legal Services

Financial Services


Agenda items

Background papers

  • Adopted Core Strategy and Policies Development Plan Document (2017);  
  • National Planning Policy Framework (2018);  
  • Adopted Urban Character SPDs for Norwich Road, Parks, Gipping Valley, California, South West (2015)