By the time you read this, our response to the Public Consultation on the Submissions will have been returned. A Local Plan is the vital, legal requirement that governs how town planners control the way our towns are configured in the next years; they are the reference point for resolving planning applications. The Borough's long term planners draw up a set of Core Strategies, Development Policies and Site Allocations. Additionally, there are submissions on Sustainability and Ecology. Probably a thousand pages!
They are open to public consultation which finished on March 5 2015, after which appropriate revision takes place. Then they are submitted to a Planning Inspector who assesses the soundness of the plans and once again they are amended before becoming the adopted Local Plan. In the absence of such a legal document, it is very hard to administer planning at all, Luckily, Ipswich has an excellent planning department and we have always been up to speed. We expect to have the Enquiry in public, at which The Society may give evidence, before the end of the year.