Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Ards Borough: Ballyhalbert
Ballyhalbert is a small seaside village
situated on the eastern side of the Ards Peninsula, approximately 23 kilometres from Newtownards and 6 kilometres from Ballywalter with the small settlement of Glastry in close proximity to the west.
The village contains a shop, post office, primary school and a community hall.
The village has developed in linear form along the coast and inland along High Street. A long sandy beach, which runs from the north to the south east of the village down to Burr Point contributes to its popularity as a holiday destination. Holiday accommodation is provided by a large caravan park to the west of the settlement on the site of a former airfield.
|Proposal BT 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. 2/007, Ballyhalbert Settlement Map.|
The Settlement Limit will protect the natural setting of the village and minimise the potential for additional development out of keeping with the scale and form of the village.
The Settlement Limit contains a large supply of committed housing land with the benefit of planning permission, particularly the extension to the Moatlands development and on lands off Shore Road to the north of the caravan park.
The airfield is excluded from the settlement limit with the exception of committed housing areas. The dwellings at Burr Point have been excluded from the settlement limit to ensure a more compact urban form.
Elsewhere the Settlement Limit has been designated so as to retain the natural stop to development formed by the steeply sloping land to the south east of the village at Moat Road and Harbour Road, to protect the amenity of the shoreline and to exclude the two archaeological monuments on Moat Road.
|HPA 1 Lands at 96 Shore Road, north of the Caravan park|
The site is within the Cordon Sanitaire of two sewage treatment installations.
Planning applications within the Housing Policy Area above will also be processed in accordance with 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 Motte, Standing stone and Church site
- series of 3 archaeological sites of historic interest – 2 scheduled sites, the motte and a standing stone, and one unscheduled site of a medieval church and a modern church in ruins with associated graveyard;
- localised hill and distinctive landform comprising a steep bank with flat raised beach landform below and elevated land behind;
- elevated land surrounding the monuments culminates in the motte making it visible throughout the linear village; and
- archaeological monuments and landform comprise important and prominent visual element in surrounding landscape and are free from built development.
The area identified reflects the area of medieval and post medieval settlement where, on the basis of current knowledge, it is likely that archaeological remains will be encountered in the course of development.