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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Ballynahinch Environment and Conservation

Proposal BH 20 Local Landscape Policy Areas
The following Local Landscape Policy Areas are designated in accordance with Policy CON 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 3/003a, Ballynahinch Settlement Map and Map No. 3/003b, Ballynahinch Local Landscape Policy Areas Map.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below.

LLPA 1 Ballynahinch River Corridor

  • river valley corridor provides important link between town and countryside with existing and potential recreation value for public access for riverside walks;
  • riverside vegetation and woodland (especially through Montalto Estate) are important in visual and wildlife terms; and
  • listed Ballynahinch Mill and former mill race, mill pond and mill bridge are important industrial heritage features.

LLPA 2 Montalto Estate

  • combination of features which individually merit protection and collectively contribute to the setting of Ballynahinch;
  • significant areas of woodland within historic demesne grounds provide visually attractive backdrop to the south of the town;
  • localised hill – rising ground between town and Spa Golf Course;
  • 3 important archaeological sites and their surroundings including 2 raths and Edenvaddy Hill, the site of the Battle of Ballynahinch;
  • complex of listed buildings, Montalto House, its outbuildings, screen walls, gates and a water tower and their original planned surroundings comprising the parkland landscape and demesne; and
  • includes school and health centre either side of the Dromore Road entrance within the original wooded grounds of the estate.
These lands are also designated as part of a Historic Park, Garden and Demesne under Proposal BH 22 below.

LLPA 3 Lough/wetland area to rear of Ballynahinch Leisure Centre

  • area of local amenity importance within the heart of the town with further potential as a town park; and
  • significant area covered in woodland and scrub vegetation, formerly an inter drumlin peat bog and lake, provides visual amenity and local nature conservation interest.

LLPA 4 Harryville and associated planting and Fair Green

  • important tree groups around property are a valuable townscape feature at the top of Main Street and present an attractive frontage onto Crossgar Road; and
  • small local amenity area and entrance feature at Fair Green provides important visual relief within town centre.

LLPA 5 Windmill Hill

  • scheduled archaeological monument and its surroundings - windmill stump was one site of the Battle of Ballynahinch and is a prominent local landmark visible throughout the town and along approach roads;
  • localised hill - ridge of high ground and slopes either side provide panoramic views over the town;
  • former area of estate planting now partially planted as a community woodland by the Woodland Trust; and
  • potential for recreational area with restored windmill, walkways, seating, wooded areas and tourist information on the history of the site.

LLPA 6 Drumlin, Antrim Road

  • localised hill – visually prominent undeveloped drumlin within the town boundary;
  • part of the landscape setting of the town which is provided by a series of distinct and undeveloped drumlins; and
  • area with local amenity potential surrounded by built development with potential to link to Ballynahinch River LLPA 1 through intervening lands.

LLPA 7 Hill between Chestnut Road and Dromore Road

  • localised hill – ridge running north west to south east forms distinctive limit to built development on the southwestern edge of Ballynahinch;
  • part of the landscape setting of the town which is provided by a series of distinctive and undeveloped drumlins; and
  • provides attractive backcloth to frontage development on Riverside Road viewed from the north-east.

LLPA 8 Hill between Dromore Road and Grove Road

  • landform – a continuation of the drumlin landform of Montalto Estate around the south western edge of Ballynahinch;
  • part of the landscape setting of the town which is provided by a series of distinctive and undeveloped drumlins; and
  • attractive stand of mature trees on sharp bend in Grove Road reflects the planting within Montalto Estate on the opposite side of the road.

LLPA 9 Hill on Church Road and associated properties

  • localised hill - undeveloped hilltop prominent in views throughout the town and along approach roads;
  • part of the landscape setting of the town which is provided by a series of distinctive and undeveloped drumlins;
  • series of locally important properties within large plots and surrounding mature trees present attractive frontage onto Church Road; and
  • important tree groups mirror those on the opposite side of the road associated with the river and estate and together represent an attractive entrance into the town.

LLPA 10 Hill at Assumption Grammar School

  • localised hilltop prominent in views throughout the town and approach roads;
  • part of the landscape setting of the town which is provided by a series of distinctive and undeveloped drumlins; and
  • topped by distinct line of fir trees that surround school grounds and link to important trees between the school and properties on Belfast Road.

LLPAs 11, 12 and 13 Lands to north and south of Moss Road and north of Crossgar Road

  • localised undeveloped drumlin landforms and hilltops providing a setting to town and proposed Ballynahinch Bypass; and
  • part of the landscape setting of the town which is provided by a series of distinctive and undeveloped drumlins.
Proposal BH 21 Area of Archaeological Potential
An Area of Archaeological Potential is designated in accordance with Policy CON 5 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 3/003a, Ballynahinch Settlement Map and Map No 3/003c, Ballynahinch Town Centre Map.
The area identified reflects the area of the historic core of the post medieval settlement where, on the basis of current knowledge, it is likely that archaeological remains will be encountered in the course of development.
Proposal BH 22 Historic Parks, Gardens and Demesnes
A Historic Park, Garden and Demesne of special historic interest is designated at Montalto House as indicated on Map No. 3/003a, Ballynahinch Settlement Map and Map No. 3/003b.
Prevailing regional policy for the protection of historic parks, gardens and demesnes is set out in Planning Policy Statement 6 (PPS 6): Planning, Archaeology and the Built Heritage. Additional information about the site is contained in the Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s Register of Parks, Gardens and Demesnes of Special Historic Interest.
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