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Ipswich Local Plan Revision

October 24, 2020 7:13 PM
By Councillor Oliver Holmes

The Borough Council has received details as to how the Planning Inspectorate will deal with the public enquiry into the Ipswich Local Plan. This, under current legisla�on, describes the local planning framework for the Borough, until 2036 .

Councillor Oliver Holmes, on behalf of Ipswich Liberal Democrats, submitted a number of suggested amendments concerning the residential development to the north of Humber Doucy Lane, parking policy for the town centre and the failure to take account of changes in natonal policy on climate change. Full details of the enquiry will be given when they are published.

This whole process may be meaningless if the Government's Planning White Paper is enacted. Under a suggested zonal system, new housing would be agreed in principle using a natonal algorithm.

Oliver comments: "Removing Local Democracy from planning and planning control will not mean more housing - the real problem is non-comple�on of new homes already approved through our current planning system."

Consultation on the White Paper finishes at the end of October. If you are concerned, want to learn more or want your voice to be heard, we found the following helpful:-

www.cpre.org.uk www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6g6EORy4Rs

Grounds maintenance and new Housing developments.

It used to be the case that Developers would provide local authorities with a fixed sum, for 10 years, to maintain the shared areas of new estates, including their green and leisure spaces, before transferring to normal Council maintenance funded through Council Tax.

This is no longer the case and Developers can choose to make their own private arrangements including annual charges for grounds maintenance.

The Vista (Hayhill Development) was set up in this way. Residents have told us of some things not being done because the Estate management company believes them to be the Borough Council's responsibility.

We have contacted the Borough Council about this and are working with residents to see if there are ways we can help improve maintenance of shared areas.

Oliver Holmes