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Blueprint for Ipswich launched today

PUBLISHED: 16:29 05 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

THE blueprint showing the future of Ipswich for the next 15 years was officially being launched today.

And in a bid to attract more attention from businesses and residents of the town, a CD Rom has been produced to be distributed to all those interested.

THE blueprint showing the future of Ipswich for the next 15 years was officially being launched today.

And in a bid to attract more attention from businesses and residents of the town, a CD Rom has been produced to be distributed to all those interested.

The first deposit draft of the new Ipswich local plan has been published – and anyone interested can comment on it until January 18.

The entire 290-page document is contained on the small disc, which also has interactive features enabling people to focus directly on their own neighbourhood or on an issue of particularly concern.

The plan includes controversial proposals – such as new roads serving Ipswich docks and measures to try to ease congestion in the town centre.

It also foresees the creation of a major new housing estate in the north of the town, but no new high schools for Ipswich.

The CD of the plan has been produced for the borough by Crown NewMedia, one of the new hi-tech firms that is part of the IP-City initiative.

It is also available through the borough's website at www.ipswich.gov.uk/localplan

Local plan officer, Sue Arnold, hoped that the new presentation would encourage more people to take part in the debate about the plan.

"Local plans don't sound that exciting, but this document is absolutely vital for the future of the town over the next 15 years," she said.

"It sets down the framework for the development of Ipswich and the more people who contribute now, the better.

"If you see what is planned now you can make your comments and influence what happens – if you wait until work starts in several years time it could be too late."


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