Preferred Options Core Strategy and Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) Review

Ended on the 13 March 2019
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(6) CHAPTER 11: Key Targets associated with Part B

11.1 The Council recognises that it is important to have a limited number of measurable targets against which the delivery of the Local Plan can be assessed.

11.2 Where possible the Council would prefer to monitor its Local Plan using established indicators that are already being measured, rather than new indicators it would need to create.

11.3 It is suggested that indicators should focus on measuring performance against the objectives set out in Chapter 6. The indicators set out below relate to the objectives in this document.

11.4 It is also recognised that further work is required to establish baseline data in many instances.

11.5 The twelve objectives of Chapter 6 are set out below along with suggested indicators and targets, or recognising where indicators and targets need to be developed.


High standards of design will be required in new development. Development must be sustainable, environmentally friendly and resilient to the effects of climate change.


Proportion of dwellings granted planning permission that achieve Building for Life

Development brought forward through regeneration projects

Number of schemes incorporating SUDs


Securing schemes of high quality design which enhance the environment and minimise flooding.


Every development should contribute to the aim of reducing Ipswich's carbon emissions below 2004 levels.


Per Capita CO2 emissions in the local authority area.


To reduce the level of identified air pollutants in the National Air Quality Strategy.

To reduce Ipswich's estimated carbon footprint from the 2004 base level (CRed).


At least (a) 8,622 new dwellings shall be provided to meet the needs of Ipswich within the Housing Market Area between 2018 and 2036 in a manner that addresses identified local housing needs and provides a decent home for everyone, with 31% at the Ipswich Garden Suburb and 15% in the remainder of the Borough being affordable homes; and (b) approximately 15,580 additional jobs shall be provided in Ipswich to support growth in the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area between 2018 and 2036.


Net additional homes provided in the monitoring year.

Proportion of new dwellings provided on previously developed land.

Number of affordable homes delivered (gross).

Net annual housing and employment land completions.


To deliver at least (a) 8,622 homes by 2036 and approximately (b) 15,580 jobs by 2036


The development of the Borough should be focused primarily within the central Ipswich 'IP-One' area, Ipswich Garden Suburb and within and adjacent to identified district centres (these areas are identified on the key diagram).


Density of residential development taking place in IP-One.

Percentage of major schemes in IP-One consisting of a mix of uses.


Over the plan period, 75% of major developments to take place in IP-One, District Centres or within 800m of District Centres.


Opportunities shall be provided to improve strategic facilities in Ipswich by:

  • Significantly enhancing the town centre in terms of the quantity and quality of the shops, the cultural and leisure offer and the public realm;
  • Extending the strategic greenspace, ecological network and canopy cover; and
  • Continuing to support the development of the University of Suffolk and Suffolk New College


Net additional retail floorspace developed in the Central Shopping Area and outside the Central Shopping Area.

Additional employment floor space developed at Futura Park.

Gains in green infrastructure within the Ipswich administrative Area (ha).

Recorded condition/status of designated ecological sites.

Number of students at University Campus Suffolk and Suffolk New College.


To improve the retail rank of Ipswich by 2036 and complete the 'green rim'.


To improve accessibility to and the convenience of all forms of transport, and achieve significant modal shift from the car to more sustainable modes through local initiatives. This will: (a) promote choice and better health; (b) facilitate sustainable growth, development and regeneration; (c) improve integration, accessibility and connectivity; and (d) promote green infrastructure as alternative 'green' non-vehicular access around the town and urban greening of existing routes. Specifically:

  • Significant improvements should take place to the accessibility to and between the three key nodes of: the railway station (including the wider Ipswich Village environment), the Waterfront (and particularly the Education Quarter) and the Central Shopping Area;
  • Additional east-west highway capacity could be provided within the plan period in the Ipswich area to meet the needs of the wider population and to provide the potential to reallocate some central road space;
  • Comprehensive , integrated cycle routes should be provided; and
  • Ipswich Borough Council aspires to an enhanced public transport system.


Number of travel plans agreed for new developments.

Travel to work distances and travel to work modes.


Increase the proportion of journeys undertaken by sustainable modes.


Enhanced flood protection including a tidal surge barrier to be in place to protect the town's existing and expanding communities from the threat of tidal flooding.


Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management.


Implementation of the tidal surge barrier by the end of 2019.


To protect and enhance high quality, accessible strategic and local open spaces rich in biodiversity and geodiversity for people to visit and use, and conserve and enhance the historic environment and landscape character of Ipswich, including historic buildings, archaeology and townscape.


Net change in extent of protected habitat.

Number of buildings on Suffolk Buildings at Risk register.

Number of buildings and conservation areas on Historic England Heritage at Risk register.


No net loss of natural capital by 2036.

To increase the tree canopy cover in the Borough to 22% by 2050.

A decrease in the number of Ipswich buildings at risk on the Suffolk Buildings at Risk register or no net increase in Ipswich buildings at risk.

A decrease in Heritage Assets at risk on the Historic England register or no net increase in Heritage Assets at risk.


To retain and provide high quality schools, health facilities, sports and cultural facilities and other key elements of community infrastructure in locations accessible by sustainable means and in time to meet the demands put on such services from the town's growth and ageing population.


Ratio of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Pupils to Full Time Qualified Teachers.

GCSE and equivalent results for young people.

Percentage of new community facilities located in or within 800m of a centre.


To be developed but will meet the requirements for new provision set out within the indicators.


To tackle deprivation and inequalities across the town.


Unemployment rates.

Educational attainment levels.

Proportion of the population who live in wards that rank within the most deprived 10% and 25% in the country.


To improve Ipswich's rank in the indices of multiple deprivation by 2036.


To improve create a safer, greener more cohesive town.


Levels of participation in community events.

Reported crime rate in the borough.


To increase participation in community events.

To tie in with Police targets relating to reducing crime levels by 2036.


To work with other local authorities in the Ipswich Strategic Planning Area and with community partners to ensure a coordinated approach to planning and development.


Joint working taking place through the ISPA Board (or other equivalent forum).


To achieve effective cross boundary working on housing, strategic greenspace and employment site provision.


To improve digital infrastructure provision.


Average Broadband speeds.


To ensure that digital infrastructure meets the needs of current and future generations. It is not intended to develop indicators and targets for other elements of the Core Strategy document. This is appropriate since the policies set out in Parts B and C largely relate to providing a basis for achieving the objectives.

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