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Proposed Submission Site Allocations and Policies (incorporating IP-One Area Action Plan) Development Plan Document

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FOREWORD

Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk, and its largest urban centre.

The Council believes that the planning of our town is one of our key roles and as such we are very pleased to set out our vision, objectives and strategy for the future development of Ipswich. It is vital that we manage and guide the development of the town to increase its vibrancy, and to protect and enhance its key assets. We need to ensure changes benefit the town's existing residents, businesses and visitors.

We are pleased to set out within this document our proposals for sites allocated for development in the town, and also other sites which we believe will benefit from protection from development.

The overarching framework for development in Ipswich Borough to 2027 has been set out in the Core Strategy and Policies plan adopted on 14th December 2011. The Core Strategy also identified strategic sites for development at the Northern Fringe and the former Crane's factory. The Council is currently conducting a review of the adopted Core Strategy to look ahead to 2031. The review will be available for public inspection and comment alongside this Site Allocations plan.

This Site Allocations and Policies development plan document adds the site-specific detail to that strategy across the whole Borough. It incorporates the 'IP-One' area of central Ipswich, which was previously dealt with through a separate Area Action Plan. It will be accompanied by an updated policies map, showing on an Ordnance Survey base map sites for development and sites for protection.

We believe this document has benefited from the substantial response we received to previous consultations on Issues and Options in 2006, Preferred Options in 2008 and the draft Site Allocations plan January-March 2014. Thank you if you gave us comments previously.

We would welcome any comments you might have on this document. Please would you ensure that your comments are received by the Council by 5pm on Thursday 5th March 2015 at the latest? Comments received after this date will not be considered.

We appreciate that not everyone will want to read all the documentation and that some people would welcome the opportunity to discuss issues with Council officers. To find out more please see the Council website www.ipswich.gov.uk/localplan or contact the Planning Policy team at the Council via planningandregeneration@ipswich.gov.uk or telephone number 01473 432019.

There are many challenges ahead associated with the development of Ipswich. This document will evolve into a key delivery document that will shape that development. This is an important opportunity to influence our final strategy and site-related policies. We hope you take this opportunity to help shape Ipswich's future.

Councillor Carole Jones

Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economic Development

November 2014

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