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

In keeping with the status of Newtownards as a main hub and to allow it to develop as a major location providing employment, it is proposed to zone some 27 hectares of industry/employment land within the proposed Settlement Limit.
The North Down and Ards Area Plan 1984 –1995 zoned areas of land for industry within Newtownards and there are pockets within some of these sites which remain undeveloped or vacant. There is one INI serviced site at Donaghadee Road.
Three additional areas have been identified for industrial development in accordance with Policies SETT 1 and IND 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan and these are indicated on Map No. 2/002a Newtownards Settlement Map. These lands are in a variety of locations to allow for a range industrial types and site choice.
Applications for planning permission within these sites will be determined in accordance with prevailing regional planning policy.
Proposal NS 28 5.87 Hectares at Bangor Road
Existing drainage infrastructure serving this site is operating at capacity and any increase in surface run-off following site development will exacerbate the flood risk to downstream property. Some form of on site storage attenuation will therefore be necessary; alternatively, storm water may be conveyed in a separate purpose built storm-sewer discharging to the Newtownards Canal some way to the south of the site. The developer is recommended to consult Rivers Agency of the Department of Agricultural and Rural Development and Northern Ireland Water prior to the submission of a planning application.
Key Design Considerations:  
  • all new development shall provide a high quality of layout and design;
  • buildings should exhibit variety in their elevational treatment and heights;
  • the northern and western boundaries of the site shall be retained and landscaped with an 8-10 metre belt of trees of native species to provide screening for the development and help integrate it into the surrounding countryside;
  • retention of the existing mature vegetation along the eastern boundary of the site;
  • retention of the existing trees that border the abandoned right of way on the northern border of the site; and
  • access onto the A21 Bangor Road which will necessitate the provision of a roundabout on the Bangor Road.
Proposal NS 29 4.51 Hectares at Comber Road
Key Design Considerations:
  • All new development shall provide a high quality of layout and design;
  • buildings should exhibit variety in their elevational treatment and heights;
  • a landscaping scheme will show mounding and an 8-10 metre deep planted landscape buffer of indigenous trees and hedgerow species along the boundaries of the site adjacent to the countryside;
  • any built development will have regard to the safeguarding implications of the near-by airfield;
  • a frontage setback to accommodate future road widening;
  • access to the site shall be from the Landsdowne Road;
  • development of the site will be dependant on the provision of a right turn facility from the Comber Road to the Landsdowne Road; and
  • the site lies below the estimated 200- year tidal flood levels (3.26 metres above Ordnance datum). Prospective developers should ensure that design levels for the site are above this flood level and that allowance is also made for a suitable freeboard. Advice and guidance on levels should be obtained from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Rivers Agency, prior to the submission of any planning application.
Proposal NS 30 8.19 Hectares at Comber Road
Key Design Considerations:
  • access to the site shall be from the A21 Comber Road and will incorporate a right turning facility.
  • any built development will have regard to the safeguarding implications of the near-by airfield;
  • development of the site will be dependant on the provision of a right turning facility on the Comber Road;
  • the site entrance must be located so as not to compromise other entrances;
  • a frontage setback to accommodate future road widening; and
  • the boundaries of the site adjacent to the countryside and the Lough Shore to be landscaped with an 8-10 metre belt of vegetation and trees appropriate to the coastal environment to provide screening for the development and help integrate it into its surroundings.
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