Green councillors oppose Ipswich Northern Bypass Route

2 October 2019

Inclusion in Local Plan renders whole document unsound

The Green Group of Mid Suffolk District councillors has highlighted the Ipswich northern route as the greatest inconsistency in its submission on the council's joint local plan.

They argue that the scheme's continued presence in the local plan is inconsistent with the housing sections of the plan in that there is no provision for the homes associated with the road. Depending on the precise route, about 70% of it would be in Mid Suffolk, the remainder in East Suffolk. Some 10,000 to 15,000 homes are said to be “enabled” by the road, but despite this, the Mid Suffolk Local Plan has no allocation to accommodate these in addition to the 12,000 said to be needed as population grows over the next 20 years.

Councillor Dan Pratt has questioned the road proposal at previous Council meetings pointing out that major road building was also inconsistent with the declaration of a climate emergency. He said:

"The Ipswich Northern Route will ruin some of Suffolk's most characteristic scenery and heritage, decimate valuable habitat and add to traffic congestion and air pollution. Instead, we must consider viable options that will help us progress towards a carbon neutral future and promote biodiversity".

Councillor Pratt will be the Green Party candidate for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich when the General Election is held, a constituency which includes almost all of the areas threatened. Living locally, he will be visiting many of the villages along the various route options.

The Green Party welcomes the wider local campaign against the road, and in particular the 4500+ signatures on the petition, which has been accepted by the County Council on behalf of the Districts supporting the road. A statement opposing inclusion has been handed in today (Sept 30th) the closing date for consultation on the plan for the District. This emphasises how unnecessary the road is, coupled with the destruction of such beautiful countryside and habitat and tranquillity loss. Campaigners continue collecting further signatures and will also be working on alternative sustainable solutions for the Ipswich area's transport issues.

Joint Local Plan submission in full

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