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

Ballygowan is located 16 kilometres south east of Belfast, 8 kilometres south west of Comber and 6 kilometres north east of Saintfield. The village is located on the protected route (A23) from Belfast and the trunk road (A21) between Newtownards and Ballynahinch.
It is a minor service centre providing a range of retail facilities and remains attractive as a commuter village due to its close proximity to Belfast. Most of the village’s commercial activity is centred on The Square and Belfast Road.
The recent Northern Ireland Landscape Character Assessment Report highlights Magherascouse Lough to the north east of the village as a feature of the Ballygowan/Blackwater valley. It provides an attractive landscape setting for that side of the village.
Ballygowan lies entirely within the upper catchment of the Blackwater River, which has a poor channel gradient and a narrow flood plain downstream from the village centre in the direction of Magherascouse Lough.
Proposal BN 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. 2/006, Ballygowan Settlement Map.
The designated Settlement Limit is drawn to protect the setting of the village while providing opportunities to develop its local service role.
The Settlement Limit includes housing land contained within the previous Settlement Limit, some with the benefit of planning permission and some now developed or being developed since the commencement of the preparation of the Plan.
planning permission has been granted for housing development on a number of sites within the existing urban fabric. Construction work is completed at Carsons Meadow, Ardmore Heights, Ardmore Manor and Meadow Farm East. Housing development has also been approved on appeal on the previous factory site on Moss Road.
Development is restricted elsewhere due to the topographical constraints along the Saintfield Road and Belfast Road, and also along Moss Road, where the lands are liable to flood. The Settlement Limit has been redrawn to the north of the settlement to exclude informal open space, and includes existing development at the Comber Road, The Brae and Carrickmannon Road as a logical end to the urban form.
Proposal BN 02 Housing Policy Areas
The following Housing Policy Areas are designated in accordance with Policy SETT 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 2/006, Ballygowan Settlement Map. Development of the lands below will be subject to the following Key Design Considerations:
HPA 1 Gardens and land to the rear of Ballygowan House
  • provision of a satisfactory standard of access via Oakdale, provision of a right turn facility at the junction of Belfast Road;
  • the development layout and access arrangements shall be designed and landscaped to ensure that dwellings integrate well with existing development;
  • the retention of all existing vegetation and the provision of additional welldesigned landscape planting using indigenous species along the outer boundaries and boundaries with existing development;
  • an appropriate planted landscape buffer, using native species, to be provided along the boundaries of existing commercial premises; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Ballygowan is complete and fully operational.
HPA 2  Land adjacent to St Mary’s Primary School, Moss Road
  • housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare;
  • provision of a satisfactory standard of access onto Moss Road;
  • provision of a footway along the frontage and linking to existing footway towards Ballygowan Road. A junction improvement at Moss Road/ Tullygarvan Road may be required;
  • low lying lands liable to flooding to be kept free from development;
  • the retention of existing boundary vegetation and the provision of additional well-designed landscape planting using indigenous species along the outer boundaries to ensure a well defined edge to development and that buildings integrate with the open countryside; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Ballygowan is complete and fully operational.
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