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About the Land
| Northern Fringe Development is Premature

Through the National Planning Policy Framework, the government encourages a brown field first policy for building development purposes. However, where the development of agricultural land is unavoidable, poorer quality land should be used first. England and Wales have an Agricultural Land Classification system which grades land according to its productivity, flexibility and efficiency in delivering future crops.

The Ipswich Northern Fringe falls into the highest classifications and as such it is defined as the ‘best and most versatile agricultural land’.

We need more houses in the UK but they need to be in the right locations close to areas of jobs growth.

We also need to eat and there is increasing pressure on global food production and resources. The Ipswich Northern Fringe should only be sacrificed to development if there is a clear need justified by jobs growth within Ipswich. This is not the case.