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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Ards Borough: Newtownards Housing (Page 1 of 4)

In line with its regional strategic role as a main town, it is considered appropriate and in conformity with the RDS that Newtownards should accommodate a substantial portion of the District housing figure of 10,500 units.
An additional 4500 housing units will be required in Newtownards over the Plan period. Almost 207 hectares of housing land have been identified in the Plan under Proposal HOU 1 in Volume 1 of the Plan. These sites include existing urban capacity lands, committed lands and additional lands necessary to meet the demands in the housing market. Housing lands are indicated on Map No. 2/002a, Newtownards Settlement Map.
Sites have been selected to ensure minimum impact on the environment and will be developed in accordance with all prevailing regional planning policy on housing together with the relevant policies of the Plan as referred to in the preamble to the housing policies. In addition, key design considerations are provided for each site in accordance with Planning Policy Statement 7, (PPS 7): Quality Residential Environments, which should be taken into account in the preparation of development proposals. These key design considerations may include infrastructure requirements and/or requirements for local neighbourhood facilities. A map is provided for some of the larger sites to illustrate the area to which the Concept Master Plan or indicative concept plan required under PPS 7 should cover, to enable the comprehensive development of zoned housing lands.
Development of a number of key sites is dependent on the provision of new link roads around the eastern and north eastern sides of the town.
Proposal NS 02 9.55 Hectares at Donaghadee Road
Key Design Considerations:
  • housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare and a maximum gross site density of 30 dwellings per hectare to allow for site conditions and   to minimize the need for prominent retaining walls;
  • provision to be made for pedestrian access to the walkway along the line of the former railway;
  • the band of vegetation along the railway embankment adjacent to the site shall be left undisturbed by site development;
  • a transport assessment will be expected to accompany any future development proposal to assess the point(s) of access to the site, as there are current limitations on the number of vehicles that can safely take access from Bangor Road;
  • a contribution towards the upgrading of the junction of the Donaghadee Road and Zion Place may be required and will be directly proportional to the impact of the NS 02 development on that junction. The transport assessment will be used in determining this matter; and
  • the housing layout will give definition to the Bangor Road. Access arrangements and dwelling layout shall be designed to ensure that the houses front onto existing and any proposed internal access roads.
Proposal NS 03 2.06 Hectares at Donaghadee Road
Key Design Considerations:
  • housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 30 dwellings per hectare;
  • right turning facility to be provided at the access to the site on Donaghadee Road;
  • development shall be designed, landscaped and implemented to accommodate the electricity substation and overhead lines with minimal environmental disruption to the neighbourhood;
  • planting of trees of indigenous species is required where the site borders the industrial site and the electricity sub station;
  • the site is adjacent to one of the main approach roads to Newtownards and this should be reflected in the design and layout of the housing scheme. Access arrangements and dwelling layout to be designed to ensure that houses front onto the Donaghadee Road and any proposed internal access roads access;
  • a contribution towards the upgrading of the junction of Donaghadee Road and Zion Place junction may be required and will be directly proportional to the impact of the NS 03 development on that junction. In order to determine this matter, a transport assessment will be expected to accompany any future development proposal; and
  • no building will be permitted within 6 metres of the Mid Ards trunk main and trunk distribution main which cross the site.
Proposal NS 04 0.81 Hectares at Movilla Road
Key Design Considerations:
  • the site will be developed at a minimum gross site density of 30 units per hectare; and
  • access arrangements and dwelling layout to be designed to ensure that the units front onto the Donaghadee and Movilla Roads and any proposed internal access roads.
Proposal NS 05 0.32 Hectares at Bowtown Road
Key Design Consideration:
  • housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 30 dwellings per hectare.
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