Issue details

Ipswich Urban Character Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) - Suburban Areas

Following the public consultation in Jan/Feb 2019, this report requests approval from the Executive to adopt the remaining three sections of the Ipswich Urban Character Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) relating to the North-West, North-East, and South-East of Ipswich.


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.

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: 13/05/2019

Decision due: 9 Jul 2019 by Executive

No change since last plan

Lead member: Portfolio Holder: Planning & Museums

Contact: Rebecca Styles Email: Tel: 01473 432000.

Consultation process

The three chapters of the Ipswich Urban Character SPD (North-West, North-East, South-East) have been subject to two consultations:  a call for ideas at the start of the preparation process to invite comments on its scope and a full public consultation on the draft SPD undertaken Jan/Feb 2019.


The draft document has been amended to include comments where necessary.


Portfolio Holder for Planning & Museums

Chief Operating Officer

Head of Development

Legal Services

Financial Services

Agenda items

Background papers

  • Executive report outlining the pre-consultation Draft Urban Character (SPD);  
  • Adopted Core Strategy and Policies development plan document 2017;  
  • National Planning Policy Framework 2017;  
  • Draft Urban Character SPD, October 2018 (3 chapters; North-West, North-East, South-East)