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

Ended on the 5 March 2015

CHAPTER 5: IP-One Area

5.1 IP-One is a large area in the centre of Ipswich, which contains a rich mix of uses ranging from shopping, business, public administration and leisure to education and living. It incorporates several smaller areas, each of which has its own identity, character and issues: the medieval town centre, Waterfront, Education Quarter and Ipswich Village. An Action Plan is needed to help to deliver regeneration where needed and ensure the areas link together and complement one another to provide a strong, attractive and vibrant centre to Ipswich.

(1)5.2 The area of central Ipswich that falls within IP-One contains the greatest concentration of the town's designated heritage assets, including a number of important historic and archaeological sites. Much of IP-One is also designated as an Area of Archaeological Importance as it covers the Anglo-Saxon and Medieval town, aspects of which are internationally recognised.

5.3 The Core Strategy review provides the strategic level of policy for centres in Ipswich, particularly through policy CS2 the Location and Nature of Development and CS14 Retail Development. It defines a network of town, district and local centres; recognises the importance of Ipswich town centre as an economic driver and a focus for shopping, cultural and leisure activities, civic functions and community life; and it sets a target for retail floorspace growth. The development management policies of the Core Strategy review protect the vitality and viability of centres through managing development in defined centres and outside them.

(1)5.4 The Council's vision for Ipswich town centre is contained in the Town Centre Master Plan (May 2012). It combines elements of the Core Strategy review vision and the Ipswich Central vision for a 'Waterfront Town Centre' and includes:

  • More people living and working in the town centre
  • Focusing new development on the town centre
  • Improving the shopping offer
  • Improving pedestrian links between the central shopping area and the Waterfront, Village, Education Quarter, railway station and northern gateway
  • Putting pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users first
  • Enhancing existing parks and open water and greening the streets
  • Developing the Education Quarter
  • Enhancing and increasing culture and leisure facilities
  • Creating a place that is outgoing and welcoming, vibrant and dynamic and which embraces new ideas; and
  • Reconnecting the town centre with the Waterfront.

5.5 The Council's focus identified in the Town Centre Master Plan is to strengthen the north-south axis, creating better linkages between the town centre and the Waterfront. The Town Centre Opportunity Areas report recommended a complementary role for the town centre and the Waterfront and opportunities for improving and strengthening linkages between the two. This will be supported through the delivery of site allocations along Turret Lane, Lower Brook Street, Foundation Street, Lower Orwell Street and the Waterfront. Retail uses on these sites should be limited to a small scale as defined through the Core Strategy review so they do not compete directly with the existing town centre offer.

5.6 Thus this section of the plan sets out policies which:

  • Define the Education Quarter, Waterfront and Village and guide development within the areas;
  • Allocate a site for town centre retail development and set out policy for arts, culture and tourism;
  • Define and safeguard routes for transport proposals including cycling and walking; and
  • Manage car parking provision in the town centre.

5.7 The historic environment within IP-One is addressed in a variety of ways. Within the plan, the site sheets in Appendix 3 identify where there are historic environment constraints which will need to be taken into consideration in the redevelopment of the sites. Core Strategy review policies CS4 and DM8 set out the framework for considering the impacts of development on the historic environment through the development management process. The Council will also consider the heritage impacts of allocating the most sensitive sites within IP-One. The Opportunity Area development guidelines in Chapter 6, which focus on areas which are likely to undergo the greatest change, also highlight heritage issues.

5.8 IP-One contains parts of several conservation areas: Central, Wet Dock, Stoke and St Helen's. The Council has produced Conservation Area Character Appraisals for all the conservation areas and these are reviewed every five years. The Council is also in the process of preparing an Urban Character supplementary planning document to cover parts of the town outside the conservation areas. Buildings at risk within the Borough are concentrated within IP-One. They are reviewed annually and action is underway to address all the buildings currently at risk, through negotiation with the owners, supporting the preparation of funding bids, compulsory purchase of sites or repairs being undertaken by owners.

(3) Policy SP10 Retail Site Allocation

Site IP040 (formerly IP040 and IP041, now combined and extended) Land at Westgate is allocated for A1 retail-led mixed use development, which could include other uses provided the predominant retail use is delivered. This is the main site allocated for new large scale and large floor plate retail development during the plan period. The retail element should provide in the region of 15,000 sq m net of new retail floorspace.

5.9 The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) advises that local planning authorities should set out policies for the management and growth of town centres over the plan period. The Council's Retail and Commercial Leisure Study identified a need for additional retail floorspace in the town centre. It is needed to meet the needs of a growing population and secure the town's position as a regional shopping centre, which can compete effectively with other centres.

5.10 However, more recent evidence in the study undertaken by DTZ to advise the Council on the delivery of additional retail floorspace in the town centre indicates that, in the current economic climate and given the pressures facing town centre retailing, the quantum of deliverable new floorspace is likely to be less than previously thought.

5.11 The focus should be on strengthening the existing centre, particularly the prime pitch, prioritising sites and supporting the delivery of one scheme in a development cycle (10 years) for new retail floorspace. This evidence has informed Core Strategy review policy CS14, which identifies a need for in the region of 15,000 sq m of net additional retail floorspace.

5.12 Delivering new retail investment in town centres can be challenging in this economic climate, and therefore it is appropriate to plan for the delivery of one retail development within an economic cycle. The Westgate site is identified as a key opportunity to achieve this, as it is located in close proximity to the existing retail core and would build upon the existing well functioning retail centre. The focus is on ensuring delivery of a retail scheme at Westgate which would lever maximum benefit and further investment.

(1)5.13 Therefore, the only significant new floorspace proposed is at the Westgate site. New retail floorspace here goes towards meeting the quantitative shortfall over the plan period and helps to address the qualitative deficiencies in the town centre, such as the lack of choice of large floor plate shop units. A development brief will be prepared for the Westgate site. Appendix 3 provides additional information about the site allocated through this policy.

5.14 The Mint Quarter site (also referred to as the Cox Lane regeneration area) has long been earmarked for potential retail development. However, in spite of previous planning permissions (e.g. reference 91/00813/OUT granted in September 1993), retail development has not been delivered. The site still has potential for redevelopment, but there are viability and deliverability issues in achieving a major retail-led scheme over the whole site. Therefore, the best way forward currently is considered to be residential-led development on the eastern part of the site and retaining the Central Shopping Area status on the western part. The latter could provide for comparison retail development, should the allocated Westgate site be developed primarily for a convenience store. Short stay parking would also need to be provided within the combined site in accordance with policy SP17. This approach accords with the Council's intention as set out in the Town Centre Master Plan and is supported by evidence in the Town Centre Opportunity Areas Study undertaken by DTZ. A development brief will be prepared to guide the redevelopment of the Mint Quarter.

5.15 The Council will support the refurbishment of the Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre to ensure it remains an attractive and vibrant component of the town's shopping offer, given its location linking the Tower Ramparts Bus Station to the prime pitch of Tavern Street. The refurbishment will strengthen the prime pitch offer of the town.

(2) Policy SP11 The Waterfront

The Waterfront is defined on the IP-One Area inset policies map. The Waterfront remains the focus for regeneration within central Ipswich to create high quality, mixed use neighbourhoods in accordance with Core Strategy review policies CS2 and CS3.

Within the Waterfront, new development should contain a mix of uses. Residential, community, office, arts, culture, open space, boat-related and tourism uses will be permitted. Core Strategy review policy DM30 a. shall apply in relation to residential density.

Where the Waterfront overlaps with the town centre at the northern quays, all the main town centre uses will be permitted with the exception of retail uses, applications for which will be considered against Core Strategy review policy DM23.

The Education Quarter is addressed through policy SP12 and arts, culture and tourism through policy SP14.

(1) 5.16 The Waterfront consists of over 80ha of land and buildings around the Wet Dock, which was completed in 1842. It includes the historic port area located to the north of the modern commercial port. It is characterised by a mix of buildings of varying scales. The Wet Dock was designated a conservation area in 1991. The area contains a number of important heritage assets, including listed buildings, which new development will need to take into account. Core Strategy review policy DM8 addresses heritage assets and conservation.

5.17 The regeneration of the Waterfront as a mixed use area started in 1999 with the completion of apartments at Neptune Quay. To date, much development has been delivered, including residential and commercial uses and academic and student accommodation buildings for University Campus Suffolk.

5.18 However, a few key sites remain to be redeveloped and the recession has seen some large developments stall. Therefore the regeneration focus needs to remain on this area. The flood defence barrier is important for the release of development sites at the Waterfront (and the wider area in the flood zone). It is due for completion in 2017.

5.19 The 'main town centre uses' are defined through the National Planning Policy Framework as retail, leisure, entertainment facilities, more intensive sport and recreation uses, offices, arts culture and tourism. The Waterfront extends further south than the town centre but the two areas overlap at the northern quays. Within the Waterfront, office, arts, culture open space, boat-related and tourism uses are considered appropriate in order to support the delivery of a mixed use area, to provide some flexibility to support its continued regeneration and because the accessibility of the Waterfront is good. At the northern quays additional main town centre uses are permissible with the exception of retail uses. A key element of the Council's strategy for the Waterfront is to ensure that it complements, but does not compete with, the shopping focus in the Central Shopping Area.

5.20 Ipswich Port is situated within and adjacent to the Waterfront and therefore new development should take account of its operational needs.

5.21 This policy helps to implement Policies CS2 and CS3 of the Core Strategy review. CS2 'The Location and Nature of Development' sees a focus on residential and community facility development within the Waterfront in order to support the regeneration and sustainable growth of Ipswich, and mixed use development within the town centre. CS3 identifies the importance of the Waterfront and town centre as areas within IP-One.

5.22 Parts of the Waterfront also fall within the town centre and the Education Quarter. The town centre is addressed by policy DM22 in the Core Strategy review. The Education Quarter is addressed by policy SP12 in this plan.

Policy SP12 Education Quarter

The Education Quarter is defined on the IP-One Area inset policies map, comprising the Suffolk New College campus and the University Campus Suffolk campus (and proposed primary school). Within the defined Education Quarter, development for education and ancillary uses such as student accommodation or offices will be permitted.

On sites which fall within the Education Quarter and the Waterfront, the Council would consider Waterfront uses on their merits, provided they would not compromise the ability of the University to function or expand and to meet future education needs.

Development of site reference IP049 No 8 Shed Orwell Quay will be required to include an element of public car parking in accordance with policy SP17.

5.23 University Campus Suffolk (UCS) grew from around 3,000 students in 2008/09 to over 3,900 in 2011/12. UCS makes many important contributions to the town e.g. through raising levels of educational attainment, its links with the business sector, attracting young people to locate or stay in Ipswich, adding vibrancy to the Waterfront and town centre and indirectly helping to support shops and businesses providing goods and services to students.

5.24 Suffolk New College is a tertiary college established in 2007 in new premises on Rope Walk, providing for students studying for a range of qualifications. Like UCS, it makes an important contribution to Ipswich life and to raising the levels of educational attainment amongst Ipswich residents and beyond.

5.25 The Council wishes to safeguard the Education Quarter for predominantly education uses, because of its importance to the town and the benefits that can flow from locating educational uses in close proximity. The institutions need to be able to grow and adapt over coming years. The policy allows for education uses, but also offers some flexibility for appropriate uses provided this would not compromise future use or expansion for education purposes. Proposals for development within the Education Quarter should demonstrate how sustainable modes of transport will be achieved.

5.26 The co-location of knowledge-based businesses in close proximity to the University campus is recognised by the Council as an important consideration, therefore the policy would allow for spin-off businesses to locate within the Education Quarter. This would also help to support the institution's success in placing its graduates into employment.

5.27 Ancillary uses are those uses which have a functional relationship with the main education use. Proposals for retail development within the Education Quarter will be considered in relation to retail policies of the Core Strategy review. Policy SP14 states the Council's 'in principle' support for the development of flexible conference and exhibition space at the Waterfront. This could occur within the Waterfront section of the Education Quarter in accordance with this policy.

5.28 The need for an element of public car parking at site reference IP049 which falls within the Education Quarter and the Waterfront was identified through the Town Centre Master Plan. Development principles for the Education Quarter are set out in Chapter 6 (see 'Opportunity Area D').

SP13 Ipswich Village

Ipswich Village is defined on the IP-One Area inset policies map as a focus for regeneration in the west of IP-One. The Council's vision for Ipswich Village is a mixed-use neighbourhood of residential use, open spaces and main town centre uses, excluding retail, where they accord with Core Strategy review policy DM22.

5.29 Ipswich Village has undergone a significant amount of change already with new office, court and residential uses replacing older industries through developments such as the County Court, Voyage, Endeavour House and Grafton House. The Council wishes this regeneration to continue and, to this effect, allocations for development within the area are made elsewhere in this plan.

5.30 The east part of Ipswich Village lies within the town centre boundary where main town centre uses such as offices and leisure are permitted. Ipswich Village is also the location of Ipswich Town Football Club's Portman Road ground, which is a very important leisure asset for the town.

(2) Policy SP14 Arts, Culture and Tourism

The Council will support the retention and enhancement of existing facilities providing arts, cultural and tourism facilities, including visitor accommodation. Alternative uses will only be considered where it can be demonstrated that the current use is either being satisfactorily relocated or is unviable or that the new use complements the arts, culture and tourism sectors and supports the vitality and viability of the town centre. Retail development would need to satisfy policy DM23.

New facilities for arts, culture or tourism including accommodation will be supported where they are focused within the town centre boundary or within the Waterfront area.

Where new arts, culture and tourism facilities or visitor accommodation are proposed in locations outside the town centre or Waterfront, planning permission will only be granted in accordance with policy DM22.

The Council will support the creation of a purpose built, multi-purpose space on the Waterfront which will be either a stand alone facility, or part of a mixed use development, capable of providing flexible conference and exhibition space.

5.31 The town has a wealth of arts, cultural and heritage assets, which enrich the lives of Ipswich residents and bring in a significant number of visitors. There are approximately 2.6 million day visitors per year and 1.0 million longer stay visitors, including those from overseas and the rest of the UK (Ipswich Town Centre Master Plan, 2012). They support directly and indirectly a significant number of full and part-time jobs.

5.32 Focussing art, cultural and tourism uses within the town centre will aid in the delivery of the spatial strategy for sustainable growth through urban renaissance, by making the best use of previously developed land, by putting facilities in close proximity to those who need them, and by providing regeneration opportunities to key strategic town centre sites, thus enhancing the vitality and vibrancy of the central area. It also accords with national planning policy for 'main town centre uses'.

5.33 The Council's intention is to support the diverse nature of arts, cultural and heritage facilities in Ipswich, by allowing improvements to existing facilities. These assets support employment in a fast growing sector, and generate economic activity which in turn supports town centre regeneration, and provides cultural diversity and choice for those living in and visiting Ipswich. Arts, cultural and heritage assets contribute to the vitality and viability of the town centre by providing attractions and facilities which are complementary to the main retail and employment function, and can be easily accessed.

5.34 The English Tourism Board has indicated that Tourism is worth £5 billion a year to the Eastern Region, with the tourism sector now employing 185,000 people. Tourism is one of the main components of the visitor economy and it has been identified as one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy. Visitor accommodation is integral to the provision of jobs growth in Ipswich, and as such the provision of quality accommodation for a wide variety of visitor needs will support the objectives of policy CS13.

5.35 Policy CS4 identifies the Council's commitment to protecting and enhancing the Borough's heritage of built, historic and natural assets including listed buildings, museums, parks and gardens and the river corridor. The cultural activity associated with these assets provides a crucial link with the visitor economy and should therefore be maintained and enhanced to ensure that this offer remains attractive. Retaining and enhancing existing facilities will benefit heritage assets that are currently used for arts, cultural and tourism purposes, while new facilities could also be beneficial provided they are appropriately design and located. Core Strategy Review policy DM8 deals with heritage assets and conservation. The Council's Town Centre Master Plan (2012) identifies improved facilities for performance arts, arts, museums and heritage, public art and events as areas to support.

5.36 The Council will therefore be supportive of:

  • Improvements to Ipswich Museum and adjacent buildings, including Ipswich Art School, Wolsey Studio, and High Street Exhibition Gallery;
  • the New Wolsey Theatre, Corn Exchange and Regent Theatre;
  • Christchurch Mansion and Park; and
  • the creation of a multi-purpose exhibition and conference facility, which could include a live entertainment venue, at the Waterfront.

5.37 The Council will also support street performance and 'pop-up' temporary facilities related to cultural events and festivals in appropriately located public spaces and vacant premises, where they do not prejudice other Local Plan policies.

5.38 High quality arts and cultural facilities play an important role in attracting and retaining residents to the town. The IBC Culture and Leisure Needs Study 2010-2025 found that quality provision and a thriving arts and cultural scene can help to increase a town's appeal to students selecting a university and retain graduates on completion of their degree due to their positive experiences. It is seen that the encouragement of street theatre and performance in the town centre would help to develop awareness of, and exposure to, the arts, and therefore be of benefit to the visitor economy.

Policy SP15 Improving Pedestrian and Cycle Routes

5.39 The Local Transport Plan for Suffolk 2011-2031 identifies the following key issues for Ipswich:

  • Road condition
  • Urban realm improvements
  • Tackling congestion
  • Modernisation of bus stations
  • Reducing separation between town centre and waterfront
  • Better facilities for walking and cycling
  • Stronger neighbourhoods
  • Longer term - crossing for improved access to wet dock island site
  • Town centre masterplan
  • A14 improvements
  • Ipswich - Transport fit for the 21st Century (now known as Travel Ipswich)
  • Extensive Air Quality Management Areas
  • A14 Orwell Bridge and Seven Hills Interchange Congestion

5.40 The following policies set out a land use response to those which are relevant to the IP-One area.

(2)Policy SP15 Improving Pedestrian and Cycle Routes

The Council will support improvements to pedestrian and cycle routes within the IP-One area and linking the town centre to residential areas and beyond. It will seek opportunities to deliver the following specific improvements through safeguarding routes where necessary, new developments and/or seeking funding opportunities:

  • The provision of safe cycle and pedestrian access across the lock gates at the entrance to the Wet Dock to create a circular route;
  • The provision of new foot and cycle bridges across the new Cut linking Stoke Quay to St Peter's Wharf and the Island site to Mather Way;
  • An improved pedestrian environment on key walking routes from the Waterfront to the Central Shopping Area - Turret Lane, Lower Brook Street, Foundation Street and Lower Orwell Street;
  • Improved pedestrian links through Cardinal Park linking the station and Central Shopping Area;
  • Enhanced walking and cycling links between the railway station and the Waterfront via the river path;
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle links from Handford Road to Sir Alf Ramsey Way;
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle routes linking St Matthew's Church, the New Wolsey Theatre, Westgate Street and the proposed cultural hub at High Street; and
  • The pedestrianisation of Princes Street North, Queen Street and Upper Brook Street.

(1) 5.41 Travel Ipswich is a £21m package of measures including traffic management and the promotion of smarter travel choices such as bus, walking and cycling. Due for completion in 2015, it aims to achieve a 15% switch to more sustainable modes, to enable Ipswich to accommodate planned growth without corresponding growth in congestion. This will see some improvements made to walking routes from the railway station via Princes Street to the Central Shopping Area.

5.42 However, other improvements are also needed as listed in the policy, providing links across water or enhancing routes between key nodes or improving the pedestrian and cycle environment. The Council will work with the Highway Authority, developers and landowners to deliver new routes and improvements to existing routes.

5.43 The Town Centre Master Plan states that accessibility to and around the town centre for walking and cycling is fair but there is a need to increase the quality and safety of routes, to improve information and to provide more facilities for crossing the busy roads at the edge of the central area. It recommends making Star Lane more pedestrian friendly and easier to cross and improving links for pedestrians between the Waterfront and Town Centre.

5.44 The Council sets out its intention in the Local Development Scheme to prepare a cycling strategy for the Borough.

(1) Policy SP16 Transport Proposals in IP-One

The Council supports the aspiration identified in the Local Transport Plan for the provision of a new Wet Dock Crossing, linking the east bank in the vicinity of Toller Road with the west bank in the vicinity of Mather Way. The crossing would facilitate access to the Island Site and provide for through traffic. Its design would maintain boat access through the lock and navigation along the New Cut. The design and layout of development on the Island Site IP037 should not prejudice the future delivery of a Wet Dock Crossing should a firm proposal be included in future updates of the Local Transport Plan.

The Council also supports measures to improve pedestrian and cycle access between the Waterfront and Central Shopping Area.

5.45 The geography of central Ipswich is such that vehicular movement between its eastern and western sides is constrained by the mediaeval core and the existence of the Wet Dock. This limits options for such movements and means that the Star Lane Gyratory is a key east-west corridor. However, it causes several problems including congestion, poor air quality [6] and a physical barrier to pedestrian movement between the Waterfront and the Central Shopping Area.

(1)5.46 The Ipswich Waterfront Study 2007 suggested reducing the Gyratory to one lane in each direction [7] . However, the Council concluded that it could be supported only if a compensatory alternative east west route could be found. Through the Core Strategy review policy CS20, the Council has identified the aspiration to achieve this in the form of a Wet Dock Crossing, providing access to the Island Site and a route for through traffic. Core Strategy review paragraphs 8.210 and 8.211 address access to the Island Site, which as a minimum will require a road bridge from the west bank to the Island Site and a pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Wet Dock lock gates to enable any significant development (however, it does not require a full Wet Dock Crossing to enable its delivery). The proposal is included as an aspiration in the Local Transport Plan. The Local Transport Plan is subject to periodic review and update. A Wet Dock Crossing would pass through the Island Site and the Wet Dock Conservation Area and therefore its design would need to take into account heritage issues.

(3) Policy SP17 Town Centre Car Parking

The Council will pursue a town centre car parking policy with the twin aims of supporting the economy of the town centre and limiting congestion, through supporting the Travel Ipswich measures and encouraging the use of sustainable modes of transport.

To this end, a Central Car Parking Core is identified on the IP-One inset policies map. Within this area, Core Strategy review policy DM18 shall apply.

Sites are allocated for medium sized multi storey car parks providing additional short stay shopper and visitor parking at:

  1. IP055 Crown Street (on the existing Crown car park site), and
  2. IP048 Mint Quarter.

It is also expected that development at IP049 No 8 Shed Orwell Quay will provide public car parking. Development at IP054 Turret Lane (east side) could also include a short stay multi-storey car park for public use.

A site IP015 is allocated for long stay commuter car parking at West End Road. This will replace surface parking currently provided at West End Road and also that at Portman Road if it is not replaced on site.

Proposals for additional temporary car parks within the town centre will not be permitted. Proposals to renew existing planning consents for temporary short stay public parking within the town centre will not be permitted when the permanent provision allocated above has been delivered.

5.47 Promoting sustainable transport choices is important to tackle congestion in Ipswich and its associated disadvantages for businesses, the environment and human health. It is also important for equality and inclusion, as 27.8% of Ipswich households do not have access to a car or van (2011 Census ONS Table KS404EW) and therefore it is important that public transport services can be sustained through high levels of use. Car parking policies are an important tool, alongside other planning and transport measures, to promote sustainable transport choices.

5.48 At the same time, providing sufficient car parking of good quality in the right places is essential to support the vitality and viability of the Central Shopping Area and enable it to compete with other centres, out of centre shops and Internet shopping.

5.49 It is important to weigh the need to control car parking in Ipswich town centre with the need to support the town centre economy. Ipswich town centre also serves a rural hinterland where car ownership is higher and public transport services are less available. In the three adjacent districts to Ipswich, the average percentage of households with no car or van available is only 13.1%.

5.50 Public car parking provision within central Ipswich at April 2013 is as follows. This excludes public on street spaces and long stay parking for employees provided by private companies such as AXA.

Table 7 Car parking provision in central Ipswich


IBC or private ownership

Permanent / temporary

Number of spaces


Crown Street




William Street




Tower Ramparts





Britannia Parking



Wolsey / Black Horse Lane

Britannia Parking



Cromwell Square




Buttermarket Centre

Buttermarket Shopping



Cardinal Park




Foundation Street




Cox Lane



182 + 260

Cox Lane / Upper Barclay Street




Fore Street (adjacent baths)




Slade Street / Key Street




Grafton Way former goods yard and former B & Q car park



165 (from plng app 13/00295)

Former Essex Furniture, Star Lane



69 (from plng app 12/00350)

St Peter's Warehouse, College Street (12/00780)




Paul's Malt Silo (12/00752)




North Rose Lane / Turret Lane (13/00179)




South Rose lane




Cobden Place




Regent Car Park Cobden Place




The Mill




Total short stay


Of which temporary short stay



New Portman Road




New Portman Road




Portman Rd/Sir Alf Ramsey Way




Great Gipping Street




Duke Street (Shed 8)

Public UCS



Ipswich Village car park, West End Road




Princes Street / Chalon Street




Bond Street




Burrell Road




Ipswich Station




Total long stay


Of which temporary long stay

90 spaces



Sources: http://www.ipswich.gov.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=713 http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/ipswich/

5.51 The Retail and Commercial Leisure Study 2010 included both trader and shopper surveys of Ipswich town centre. The responses indicated that parking costs are considered too high by traders (66% rated the cost of car parking as poor or very poor) and by shoppers (14.1% said that lower car parking charges would encourage them to use Ipswich town centre more - the most frequently cited improvement by shoppers). Shoppers also identified a need for additional short stay parking. There is clearly a perception from users that Ipswich town centre needs more and cheaper car parking to enable it to compete. Since the 2010 study, Ipswich Borough Council has reduced the cost of short stay car parking in its own car parks.

(1)5.52 The policy aims to strike an appropriate balance between providing sufficient, correctly priced car parking to encourage shoppers and visitors into Ipswich town centre, without adding to the burden of congestion or undermining sustainable travel options. Whilst short stay temporary car parking has been allowed on a number of sites awaiting redevelopment within the town centre, it is considered that any more would undermine work to encourage mode switching through Travel Ipswich. Therefore the policy does not permit additional provision of such car parking.

5.53 The National Planning Policy Framework states that local authorities should seek to improve the quality of parking in town centres and set appropriate parking charges that do not undermine the vitality of town centres. The Town Centre Master Plan recommends that long stay parking should continue to be provided in the Waterfront and Village, and short stay parking at Tacket Street (the Mint Quarter), the Waterfront East and Crown Car Park.

5.54 Evidence from the DTZ Town Centre Opportunity Site Study supports the provision of short stay car parking at Crown Street as best serving the prime pitch shopping area. The allocation at Turret Lane will serve both proposed office development within the site and cultural and leisure facilities at the Waterfront.

5.55 The number of spaces to be provided at the sites allocated will be determined in relation to the delivery of additional floorspace in the town centre for the main town centre uses and spaces being lost to redevelopment. Short stay parking is that which provides for shoppers or leisure visitors visiting the town centre for part of a day or evening, whilst long stay parking is whole-day parking for workers. The difference is usually established by the location and pricing structure of the car park. For the Borough Council's own car parks, short stay is usually considered to be anything up to four hours' stay. When designing proposals, consideration should be given to Secured by Design guidance relating to car parks.

[7] Ipswich Waterfront Transport Study, 2007, Suffolk County Council. Core Document Library

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