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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Ards Borough: Newtownards Open Space & Recreation

Ards Borough Council owns and manages a variety of active and passive recreational areas throughout Newtownards. The single largest area for active open space within the town is at Londonderry Park on the Portaferry Road which is further supplemented by a number of football grounds on the opposite side of the Portaferry Road.
An area of Community Woodland is located north of the Bowtown Road to the rear of Drumlin Rise.
Proposal NS 42 Existing Amenity Open Space and Recreation
The following areas of existing amenity open space and recreation use are identified in accordance with Planning Policy Statement 8 (PPS 8): Open Space, Sport and Outdoor Recreation and as indicated on Map No. 2/002a, Newtownards Settlement Map:

Active Open Space

  • Londonderry Park: Play area, playing fields, bowling green & cricket ground
  • West Winds: Play area & playing fields
  • Dairy Hall, John Street: Play area, playing fields & tennis court
  • Ards Leisure Centre:
  • Glenford Park: Play Area & playing field
  • Kiltonga Leisure Centre: Play area & tennis courts
  • Abbot Gardens: Play area
  • St Patricks Racquets Club Victoria Avenue: Tennis Courts
  • Hamilton Park: Rugby Football Ground
  • Drome Park: Football Ground

Amenity Open Space

  • Dam Bottom: Picnic area & nature reserve
  • Bully’s Acre: Open space
  • Victoria: Open space
  • Railway Walk: Open space & walkway
  • Bangor Road: Open space
  • Whitespots Country Park: Open space
  • Abbeydale: Open space
  • St Columbas: Open space
  • Penryhn: Open space
  • Beverly: Open space
  • East Mount: Open space
  • Railway Walk: Open space & walkway
  • Knightsbridge: Open space
Proposal NS 43 Proposed Amenity Open Space and Recreation
The following areas of proposed amenity open space and recreation use are designated in accordance with Planning Policy Statement 8 (PPS 8): Open Space, Sport and Outdoor Recreation and as indicated on Map No. 2/002a, Newtownards Settlement Map.
  • slopes and drumlin at Ballyreagh Road within Housing Zoning NS 19;
  • elevated land at Cronstown within Housing Zoning NS 20.
7.32 hectares of land to the north and west of Ballyreagh Road is identified as recreation, amenity and open space. This elevated area within the proposed housing zoning at Ballyreagh Road is a local landmark and has the potential to provide a green backcloth to the new housing.
2.15 hectares of land to the north east of Housing Zoning NS 20 is identified as recreation, amenity and open space to protect the elevated land adjacent to the open countryside.
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