The Ipswich Vision is a partnership of civic, business and education leaders in Ipswich; working together to deliver transformative projects in the town centre.
Further developing the theme of East Anglia’s Waterfront Town Centre, the plan is for it to become the UK’s first truly ‘connected town centre’, a progression of an international model known as the ’15-minute city’. It will mean a significant growth in the number of people living in the town centre with commitments to encourage new housing development on unused sites and by converting redundant buildings and retail upper floors. Alongside this, and to encourage more urban living, the plan is to introduce uses that will encourage people to live and stay locally. These might include schools and educational facilities, a music venue, an outdoor gym, and more green areas, cycling and walking routes.
The plan is also to involve neighbourhood shopping parades, a realisation that new forms of hybrid working will lead to a greater dependency upon local amenities. It also develops the town centre’s role as a place to live for commuters to London who will increasingly work more from home and as a destination for people staying locally and choosing Ipswich and Suffolk as a place to visit.
The Vision partners are Ipswich Central, All About Ipswich, Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council, New Anglia LEP, University of Suffolk, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Tom Hunt MP.
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