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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Ards Borough: Whiterock

Whiterock is located on the western shore of Strangford Lough, approximately 16 kilometres south of Newtownards, 2 kilometres north east of Killinchy, and mid way between Comber and Killyleagh.
The village is predominantly residential and has grown around a number of boat clubs, a boat yard and slipways. The village relies on Balloo for its immediate facilities.
Whiterock and its surroundings, including the castle at Sketrick Island, have developed as important tourist and recreational attractions on Strangford Lough. The offshore islands provide shelter for many moorings associated with the boating clubs, which are long established in the area.
Employment is provided locally in several trades associated with boating, sail making, chandlery, boat repair and Sketrick Island is the centre for commercial oyster cultivation and processing on Strangford Lough. The food processing plant close to Whiterock also serves as a source of employment in the local area.
Development in recent years has been confined to land south of the Whiterock Road and there is a substantial amount of land still left undeveloped within the village.
Proposal WK 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. 2/017, Whiterock Settlement Map.
The Settlement Limit protects the natural setting of Whiterock on the shores of Strangford Lough at the edge of the rolling drumlin landscape to the south and east. The Settlement Limit provides for limited additional development within the existing village fabric. It will ensure a compact urban form, while protecting the character of the settlement.
Proposal WK 02 Housing Policy Area
The following Housing Policy Area is designated in accordance with Policy SETT 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 2/017, Whiterock Settlement Map. Development of these lands will be subject to the following Key Design Considerations:
HPA 1 Whiterock Road
  • layout to reflect the nature and character of the settlement and should not exceed a gross site density of 10 dwellings per hectare;
  • the design, layout and materials used as part of any future development on this site should reflect the character of Whiterock which derives from its location on the shores of Strangford Lough within an AONB and its long association with boating and recreation;
  • planting of trees and vegetation of indigenous species required where the site borders the Whiterock Road to retain the rural character of this attractive approach road; and
  • access arrangements and site layout to be designed to ensure that houses front onto Whiterock Road and any proposed internal access roads.
Planning applications within the Housing Policy Area above will also be processed in accordance with all prevailing planning policy.
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