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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Ards Borough: Newtownards Environment and Conservation (Page 1 of 2)

Proposal NS 38 Local Landscape Policy Areas
The following Local Landscape Policy Areas are designated in accordance with Policy CON 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 2/002a, Newtownards Settlement Map, the relevant Ards Countryside Map and Map No. 2/002d.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below.

LLPA 1 Kiltonga and surrounding vegetation

  • area of local nature conservation interest managed as a wildlife refuge and attracting a wide variety of duck species;
  • public access – wildlife refuge is open to public for short walks and feeding ducks and is an important area of local amenity importance;
  • ponds surrounded by mature woodland and former Kiltonga/Lisnevin House surrounded by important tree belts;
  • detached properties in large plots surrounded by mature vegetation; and
  • trees protected by TPO form an attractive gateway feature into town and effective screening for industrial development to the south.

LLPA 2 Lieutenant Hill, slopes and properties on Belfast Road

  • localised hill and vegetation form distinctive landscape setting for the town especially when viewed from Scrabo Hill or Kempstones Road;
  • attractive lush green slopes with significant numbers of mature trees along boundaries and important tree groups around Concorde Cottage on the ridge;
  • listed lodge at Milecross and surrounding mature trees form important entrance and exit feature into the town and coincide with a sharp bend in the road;
  • frontage of detached houses onto Belfast Road between Ballybarnes and Milecross Road have distinctive architectural character;
  • trees around the Ard House provide appropriate visual stop to the edge of the settlement limit; and
  • archaeological interest in form of an enclosure on Lieutenant Hill.

LLPA 3 Whitespots, Lead Mines, Golden Glen and associated lands

  • striking ridgeline and gorse covered landform punctuated by chimneys, comprises distinctive landscape setting to town and is important in long and short range vistas;
  • industrial archaeological features and their surroundings – 3 scheduled monuments, a windmill, an engine house chimney and lead mines (bog shaft complex) as well as numerous other abandoned mine shafts;
  • local nature conservation interest in Golden Glen - semi natural oak and hazel woodland and associated areas of wetland/ponds and thorn/gorse scrub;
  • locally important building, Glen House, within planned landscaped grounds situated at prominent junction and surrounding areas of detached houses in large plots with mature landscaping are important in visual amenity terms;
  • public access for recreation – large part of area managed as a Country Park with Somme Heritage Centre by District Council affording opportunities for walking and motorsports;
  • traditional dispersed settlement pattern with stone wall field boundaries on western slopes of Whitespots makes for attractive area of countryside; and
  • Whitespots is of geological interest on account of its mineralogy, including a range of commercially mined metallic ores.

LLPA 4 Beech Hill House and landform on Portaferry Road

  • mature tree groups along driveway and around Beech Hill House house in elevated position.

LLPA 5 Scrabo Tower and landform

  • listed Scrabo Tower and surrounding area - prominent landmark on localised hill at the head of Strangford Lough and an emblem for the Ards area;
  • archaeologically rich area containing significant number of recorded sites ranging from monuments on Scrabo Hill to the numerous enclosures, stones, cairns and wells within the wider area;
  • nature conservation interest - volcanic landform has geological value and is an important breeding site for peregrine falcons;
  • includes the whole of the landform of Scrabo Hill which extends across Kempstones Road to the north and in a number of tails towards Comber to the south as well as the remaining undeveloped flat foreground adjoining the Comber Road which is visually significant in long distance views;
  • area contains traditional pattern of farms and fields which are renowned for their agricultural quality and create a patchwork effect;
  • extensive area of mature woodland at Killynether Wood formerly associated with Killynether Castle;
  • Killynether Wood, Scrabo Tower and the quarries form part of Scrabo Country Park managed by Northern Ireland Environment Agency and open to the public for informal recreation; and
  • listed Ballyalton House on Ballyrainey Road surrounded by mature trees and enclosed by stone walls, lies on downward slope from Scrabo.
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