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| Our Concerns

The Ipswich Core Strategy & Policies Development Plan Document was subject to an independent inspection during 2011 by an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government. On 17th November 2011 the Inspector found the document sound subject to a number of small changes and it was subsequently adopted by Ipswich Council on 14th December 2011.

On 27th March 2012, the Government published the National Planning Policy Framework which set out a drastically simplified set of planning policies for England. The Ipswich Core Strategy needs to fully align with this by 27th March 2013, i.e. a period of grace of 12 months has been given. This timescale also ties in with the one of the recommendations of the Government Inspector's report into the Core Strategy, which stated that for soundness it should be reviewed in 2012/13 and 'prior to the extent of the Northern Fringe development being determined'.

Ipswich Council believe the Core Strategy is broadly consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework but acknowledge that there is an issue with the five year housing land supply where a buffer of 5% has to be included and there is a need to re-examine housing growth figures.

A review of the Core Strategy started in October 2012 focusing on the predicted growth figures, housing need and infrastructure requirements. The draft Review of the Core Strategy did not go for public consultation until the 13th January 2014.The document and our responses can be found by clicking on the links below.