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

Portaferry is located in the southern part of the Ards Peninsula and sits opposite Strangford village at the entrance to Strangford Lough. It is approximately 46 kilometres from Belfast, 30 kilometres from Newtownards and 14 kilometres from Downpatrick.
Portaferry village has developed as a service centre for the local area, with a broad range of shops located mainly at The Square, Church Street, High Street, Castle Street and Ferry Street. The village also provides a range of services and community facilities and a small industrial base. The attractive shoreline setting has enabled the growth of a recreational and tourist role. The village is linked to Strangford by means of a car and passenger ferry across the narrow channel.
The recent Northern Ireland Landscape Character Assessment Report for Ards Borough highlights the wooded grounds of Portaferry House estate to the north and Windmill Hill to the south-east as important distinctive landscape settings.
Proposal PY 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. 2/015a, Portaferry Settlement Map.
The designated Settlement Limit will allow development opportunities sensitive to the natural setting of the village.
The Settlement Limit includes existing housing land included within the previous Plan, some with the benefit of planning permission or now developed since the beginning of the preparation of the Plan.
The future expansion of Portaferry is constrained by the quality of its natural setting. The Settlement Limit excludes elevated land adjacent to Loughview Heights. An extension to the limit is proposed on the Cloughey Road where sensitive high quality development will be required.
Proposal PY 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. 2/015a, Portaferry Settlement Map. Development of the lands below will be subject to the following key design considerations:
HPA 1 156-158 Shore Road
  • access arrangements and dwelling layout to ensure that all new dwellings to front onto Shore Road and Cook Street;
  • development of this site should be in keeping with the character and appearance of the adjacent area; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Portaferry is complete and fully operational
12 units were completed on this site in 2005.
HPA 2 Land to the rear of Ballyphilip Road
  • retention of the boundary hedgerows and enhancement with similar indigenous species with a similar 3-5m planted buffer particularly along boundary with the Playing Fields and along the boundary with the Countryside;
  • retention of the area of pondage in the eastern portion of the site, which should be incorporated into the design and layout of the development; as a positive feature;
  • provision of a pedestrian link to connect housing to the adjacent school; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Portaferry is complete and fully operational.
HPA 3 Land to the rear of Rockfield Park
  • housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare;
  • existing vegetation along the southern and eastern boundaries with the open countryside shall be retained and enhanced with a 3-5m planted buffer of indigenous trees;
  • the provision of a satisfactory standard of access through Ballyphillip Road, and not through Rockfield Park; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Portaferry is complete and fully operational.
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