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The Ipswich Northern Fringe Protection Group was formed in 2009 and is a local residents campaign group, which feels the development of the Ipswich Northern Fringe with up to 4000 new homes is unnecessary at this time and will adversely affect the regeneration of the Ipswich town centre leaving brown-field sites underdeveloped and resulting in significant traffic congestion problems.

We are governed by a formal constitution, have a management committee and hold annual general meetings that are open to our members.

The Group was initially formed to campaign against two separate planning applications, one by Mersea Homes and the other by Ipswich School, for the development of over 1000 homes in the north of Ipswich between Henley Road and Westerfield Road, south of the railway line. The campaign was successful and Ipswich Borough Council refused planning permission on the grounds that the applications were premature and that a master plan for the northern fringe was required. Also that IBC were preparing a Core Strategy and Local Development Plan that would address issues concerning the Northern Fringe. The Mersea Homes application went to appeal at which we presented evidence against and the appeal was rejected.

In 2011 we presented eight papers and campaigned against several aspects of the Ipswich Core Strategy during the public examination by a Government Planning Inspector. Despite our best efforts, the strategy was found sound but the Inspector stated that it should be reviewed in 2012/13 and prior to the extent of the Northern Fringe development being determined. We support the need for a review using up-to-date relevant evidence including jobs growth, population growth and housing need prior to a decision to proceed on the development of the Northern Fringe. Also that the review should not be done in isolation but with the neighbouring authorities to ensure housing growth is aligned with jobs growth.

Ipswich Council has begun the development of a master plan for the development of the Northern Fringe. Although we do not support development on the Northern Fringe at this time, we cannot bury our heads in the sand. If it is to go ahead then we need to ensure that it is done in a planned way, which results in an attractive development, while minimizing the impact on the existing residents and infrastructure.