Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Ards Borough: Balloo
Balloo is situated on the A22, 16 kilometres from Newtownards and 23 kilometres from Belfast. The village developed at a bridging point on the River Blackwater and a crossroads, which today links the settlement to Downpatrick, Saintfield, Whiterock, Ardmillan and Comber.
The village provides a range of shops and service facilities including a public house and restaurant, a range of retail outlets, post office/ shop, petrol filling station and associated shop, 2 churches and 2 community halls. Other uses include a veterinary surgery and an agricultural machinery business.
The Regional Landscape Character Assessment places Balloo within the Ballygowan Drumlin Category Area and also adjacent to the Strangford Drumlins and Islands. The village sits in typical drumlin countryside and existing development is well integrated into the countryside. Small-scale development has taken place over the course of the previous Plan at Craigarusky / Comber Road, Kerrie’s Glen, Balloo Cottages and The Beeches to the rear of Balloo House.
|Proposal BO 01 Settlement Limit|
|A Settlement Limit is designated in accordance with Policy SETT 1 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 2/005, Balloo Settlement Map.|
The Settlement Limit will provide for limited further development in the village without compromising the character of the settlement. The Settlement Limit has been drawn to reflect the scale of the village, pressures for development and to protect features of conservation interest.
Specifically, it will prevent the coalescence of Balloo with Killinchy to the east, protect the setting of the church and the Blackwater River corridor to the north and higher grounds to the south west of Balloo crossroads.
|HPA 1 Lands to the south east of Balloo crossroads|
this site is suitable for small scale single frontage development subject to a satisfactory sited access and the construction of a footway along the site frontage; and
landscaping, using appropriate indigenous species, to enhance development boundaries, especially the boundary adjacent to existing agricultural buildings.
Planning applications within this Housing Policy Area will also be considered in accordance with the requirements of all prevailing planning policy.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below.
LLPA 1 Killinchy Non-subscribing Presbyterian Church, River Blackwater and Rath
- listed church and grounds including graveyard, enclosed by mature trees along north and eastern boundaries and adjoining undeveloped roadside field which affords views from public road and forms an important part of the setting of this listed building;
- dwelling and outbuildings of traditional character fronting Comber Road and the access lane to the church;
- areas of woodland vegetation to west of church, along river corridor, between river and Ballybunden Road and west of Ballinree Park – important in visual terms and local nature conservation interest;
- historic monument on elevated ground adjoining Saintfield Road – scheduled raised rath – prominent landscape feature significant to the village setting;
- Blackwater River and river corridor and associated tributaries including streams and former mill races have both local nature conservation and industrial heritage value; and
- former mill pond near Killinchy Bridge now a duck pond with potential for environmental upgrading to enhance biodiversity value.
LLPA 2 Killinchy Presbyterian Church, River Blackwater and surrounding lands
- listed church and surrounding graveyard;
- River Blackwater and river corridor including associated areas of mature vegetation is a valuable amenity and wildlife corridor with potential for public access;
- important trees along stream forming distinct northern edge to the settlement and around derelict house within former landscaped grounds forming important landscape feature and enclosing the village to the east;
- localised hill - rising land to east of derelict house is important in views from Comber Road and in providing a setting to the village;
- archaeological potential within the area and industrial heritage value in former mill alongside river, now converted to residential use; and
- undeveloped expanse of land enclosed by Comber Road, stream and Mill Road forms unique setting to village and provides views towards Killinchy to the east.