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

Cloughey is located on the east coast of the Ards Peninsula on the A2 road from Bangor to Portaferry, 29 kilometres south east of Newtownards. It is 4 kilometres south of Portavogie.
It has a primary school, a church and a range of small shops. Kirkistown Golf Club and an expansive beach contribute to the village’s popularity as a recreational and tourist destination.
Cloughey is a linear settlement stretching for approximately 2.5 kilometres along the coast. The two headlands of Ringboy Point to the north and Slanes Point to the south effectively contain the village, which sits in the rim of Cloughey Bay. In the Northern Ireland Landscape Assessment Report the towers at Kirkistown Castle and the windmill stump off Kircubbin Road are highlighted as landmarks.
Proposal CY 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. 2/010a, Cloughey Settlement Map.
The designated Settlement Limit will protect the natural setting of Cloughey and allow additional development opportunities on existing sites commensurate with the scale of the village. The limit is designated to prevent additional ribbon development, coalescence with Portavogie to the north and to protect its shoreline.
There has been considerable new house building in the village in recent years, much of which has been approved on appeal. It would not be appropriate therefore to further extend the Settlement Limit of the village.
There are also a number of areas of existing active open space and recreation, including lands adjacent to Calhame Park and Kirkistown Golf Club, just beyond the Settlement Limit.
Proposal CY 02 Housing Policy Areas
The following Housing Policy Areas are designated in accordance with SETT 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 2/010a, Cloughey Settlement Map. Development of the lands below will be subject to the following Key Design Considerations:
HPA 1 Land at 122A Main Road (Shoreland Crescent/Drive)
  • housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare;
  • existing hedgerows and all existing trees within the hedgerows to be retained. Additional tree and shrub planting of suitable native species to be provided along each of the site boundaries.
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Cloughey is complete and fully operational.
HPA 2 Lands at 41 Main Road and to the rear of 33-35 Main Road (RIngbuoy Cove)
  • there is evidence of badger activity within this site. A badger survey must therefore be carried out and the findings submitted as part of any planning application. No development will be permitted that will threaten the habitat of the badgers;
  • tree and shrub planting of suitable native species must be provided along the south western, north western and north eastern boundaries of the site to screen the development and help integrate it into the landscape;
  • positive management arrangements will be required to protect and maintain the open space and landscaping features within the site; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Cloughey is complete and fully operational.
There are existing rights of way within the site.
HPA 3 Lands adjacent to 39 Kircubbin Road formerly used as a concrete works (Castle Meadow Park)
  • an 8-10 metre landscaping belt of trees and shrubs of native species to be provided along the northern boundaries of the site to help integrate the development into the landscape. Landscaping belts along all other boundaries to protect the amenity of adjacent properties;
  • layout and design of the proposed housing must reflect the importance of Kirkistown Castle, a scheduled monument in state care. Suitable measures must be taken to ensure that any development in the vicinity of the monument does not threaten its integrity;
  • Kirkistown Castle is an important visual element in the landscape and the site layout should ensure that views of the Castle from Main Road are retained;
  • access to be provided through the existing phases of this development and onto Kircubbin Road;
  • provision of a right turning lane on Kircubbin Road;
  • access arrangements and dwelling layout to be designed to ensure houses front onto any future internal access roads;
  • the design of the dwellings and the layout of the development must have regard for the privacy and residential amenity of adjacent householders. and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Cloughey is complete and fully operational.
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