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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Ards Borough: Comber Housing (Page 2 of 3)

Proposal CR 04 3.5 Hectares at Land east of Ballygowan Road
Key Design Considerations:
  • a minimum development density of 20 dwellings per hectare and a maximum gross site density of 25 dwellings per hectare;
  • access arrangements and dwelling layout to be designed to ensure all houses front onto the Ballygowan Road and proposed public roads and any proposed internal access roads;
  • a landscaped buffer 5m in depth shall be provided along the eastern and southern boundaries of the site to help integrate development into the landscape;
  • the provision of a footpath replacement on the Ballygowan Road along the site frontage. A right turn facility will be required on the A21 at the access to the site; and
  • development of this site will be influenced by the line of the proposed Ballygowan Road link. Any planning application on this site will be processed in accordance with Policy TRAN 1.
Proposal CR 05 3.14 Hectares at Land to the west of Ardara Grove
Key Design Considerations:
  • a minimum development density of 20 dwellings per hectare and a maximum gross site density of 25 dwellings per hectare;
  • provision of an access through Ardara Grove housing estate, a right turn facility will also be required at the junction of Ardara Grove housing estate and the A22; and
  • existing trees and vegetation shall be retained and enhanced throughout the site and provision of a landscaped buffer 8-10m in depth shall be provided along the western and southern boundary of the site to help integrate development into the landscape.
Proposal CR 06 37.49 Hectares at Riverside, Lands south of the Comber Bypass Stage 2  
Key Design Considerations:
  • a minimum development density of 20 dwellings per hectare and a maximum gross site density of 25 dwellings per hectare;
  • provision of a satisfactorily sited access onto the new Bypass roundabout. A comprehensive study of the impact of this additional access onto the roundabout must be undertaken. No additional access is permitted onto the Bypass;
  • access arrangements and dwelling layout to be designed to ensure all houses front onto existing public roads and any proposed internal access roads;
  • a small portion of the site at the southern boundary, adjacent to Local Landscape Policy Area 4, lies below the present high watermark. Careful consideration should be given to site levels here, and potential developers would be advised to seek advice with regard to the effect of storm surges and potential climate change on the maximum tide levels in the vicinity;
  • the developer should prepare a survey and report on ground contamination by leachate and landfill gas, and where appropriate, mitigating measures to prevent them from adversely affecting the site, the development and the surrounding area;
  • provision shall be made on the zoned lands for:
    • a local neighbourhood centre on approximately 1.5 hectares to include local retail outlets and community facilities offering for example, a multi-purpose hall and a “Healthy Living Centre” to accommodate medical and fitness facilities;
  • pedestrian and cycle-way links shall be provided to Park Way recreation and open space area and the Newtownards Road;
  • the layout shall be designed to provide for maximum permeability by bus services;
  • a full survey of existing vegetation within the site and retention of trees and hedgerows where possible;
  • the existing mature vegetation and trees on the outer boundaries of the site shall be protected and enhanced and incorporated into the overall design and layout of the scheme as areas of public open space and wildlife habitat;
  • land above the 20 metre contour, which consists of an area known as Coarse Hill  and an area to the north of the zoning, shall be kept free from all built types of development and shall be positively planned for and incorporated within any future residential development scheme as an area of open space and recreation;
  • the area of LLPA 4 within the zoning shall be kept as unplanted grassland;
  • an 8-10m deep belt of vegetation and trees appropriate to the coastal environment to be planted between any housing and the boundary of LLPA 4;
  • details of positive management arrangements for the proposed open space, wetland areas and existing and proposed landscape features to be included as part of any future planning application; and
  • existing mature vegetation and trees along the eastern perimeter of the zoning shall be retained and enhanced with a planting buffer 10m deep to consist of indigenous trees and hedgerow species.
Proposal CR 07  2.67 Hectares at Land to the east of Belfast Road
Key Design Considerations:
  • development is dependent upon a Flood Compensation Scheme (FCS) as approved on appeal 2004/A0180. No development is to take place until the permanent management and maintenance of the FCS has been finalised and executed in accordance with the strict conditions attached to appeal decisions 2004/A180 and 2004/A083;
  • housing development on site will not exceed 80 units;
  • belts of planting along site boundaries with existing development to provide screening and to provide integration into the surrounding countryside;
  • an 8-10 metre belt of buffer planting along the northern boundary and road side to provide screening and to provide integration into the surrounding countryside; and
  • access to be from the Belfast Road.
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