Suffolk Coastal Local Plan - Final Draft

Document Section Final Draft Local Plan 12 Strategy for Communities Surrounding Ipswich Land at Felixstowe Road, Nacton Policy SCLP12.20: Land at Felixstowe Road [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 1107
Respondent Suffolk County Council (N/A) [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 25 Feb 2019
Do you consider this part of the Plan has met the tests of soundness? No
Do you consider this part of the Plan to be unsound because it's not:
  • Effective
  • Consistent with national policy
Details of Representation

The County Council has previously expressed concerns regarding the allocation of this site, which is relatively distant from residential areas, for new B1/B2 uses which are likely to generate a significant number of commuter movements. The Plan must ensure that this site maximises what opportunities there are to promote sustainable transport – especially cycling and travel by bus, going beyond the general transport policy requirements. A regular bus service travels past the site, serving bus stops nearby.

Please set out what change(s) you consider necessary to make the Local Plan legally compliant or sound

The following requirements should be inserted into Policy 12.20.

‘Buildings will be expected to provide a high quality attractive environment with areas of green infrastructure and appropriate provision for vehicular parking. Opportunities to encourage and enable travel to the site by walking and cycling must be realised, along with measures to encourage travel to the site by public transport. Opportunities to enhance and link into the existing Public Rights of Way Network are encouraged.’

If your representation is seeking a change, do you consider it necessary to participate in the public examination?
  • Yes, I wish to participate at the oral examination
If you wish to participate in the public examination, please outline why you consider it to be necessary:

the County Council would be pleased to appear at the local plan examination, alongside and in support of the District Council, to help the Inspector consider matters relevant to the County Council and its responsibilities. We would be pleased to discuss this with the appointed Programme Officer, once the examination Matters and Questions are published.

Being kept informed
  • Yes, I would like to be kept informed