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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Down District: Downpatrick Housing (Page 3 of 4)

Phase 1 Housing Continued

Proposal DK 06 Other Housing Sites (13.47 Hectares)
Lands identified for housing include approved housing sites developed since the commencement of the preparation of the Plan.
(1) 1.14 Hectares at Malone Heights
(2) 1.66 Hectares at Rathcuan Heights
(3) 0.62 Hectares at Fountain Court
(4) 2.33 Hectares off Knocknashinna Road
(5) 3.66 Hectares at Cathedral View, Vianstown Road
(6) 0.96 Hectares at Stream Street
(7) 2.10 Hectares at Vianstown Heights
(8) 1.00 Hectare at Bishops Brae Avenue
Proposal DK 07 51.63 Hectares between Saul Road and Ballyhornan Road
Development of these lands is reliant upon provision of the Downpatrick Link Road in accordance with Policy TRAN 1 and Policy TRAN 2 its construction from Strangford Road to Saul Road and from Saul Road to Ballyhornan Road and the realignment of associated junctions and upgrading of existing public roads and on the proposed phasing of development. All road works are to be designed and implemented to the satisfaction of the Roads Service of the Department for Regional Development and implementation is likely to be dependent on contributions from the developers of the lands to be served by the road scheme.
Development of the site will only be permitted in accordance with an agreed scheme to provide the necessary public infrastructure including those roads required to serve these lands. The detailed alignment and landscaping of the proposed road shall be designed to achieve the maximum possible degree of integration in the landscape.
Key Design Considerations:
  • housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare and a maximum gross site density of 25 dwellings per hectare;
  • provision of a link road linking Saul Road and Ballyhornan Road realignment of associated junctions and upgrading of existing public roads where applicable;
  • phasing of housing development in relation to infrastructural works. Pumping will be required from the site to the foul sewer;
  • access arrangements and dwelling layout to be designed to ensure houses front onto existing and proposed access and public roads;
  • provision shall be made on the zoned lands for:
    • (a) a primary school on approximately 2 hectares;
    • (b) a local neighbourhood centre on approximately 1.5 hectares to include local retail outlets and community facilities offering for example, a multi-purpose hall and a “Healthy Living Centre” to accommodate medical and fitness facilities; and
    • (c) 4 hectares of industrial and employment lands;
  • the retention of the existing pondage areas within the site in order to maintain the natural water supply to Struell Wells and to prevent flooding downstream in times of heavy rainfall;
  • regard to be had in the layout and design of the development for the setting of the mound of archaeological interest which adjoins the eastern boundary of the site and views to and from the State Care monument of Struell Wells to the south east;
  • the steeply sloping and elevated lands west of No. 6 Ballyhornan Road and adjoining the golf course, and the land south east of Audley’s Acre reservoir to be retained for recreation and open space purposes as part of the development of these lands and kept free from all types of development;  
  • the existing wetland areas, and surrounding mature vegetation and trees, to be incorporated into the overall design and layout of the development as areas of public open space and wildlife habitat, and provision to be made for linkages between the wetland areas and to the open countryside to enable the movement of wildlife between these areas;
  • details of positive management arrangements for the proposed open space, pondage and wetland areas and existing and proposed landscape features; • the retention of the mature trees alongside the existing laneway leading to No. 6 Ballyhornan Road;
  • existing mature vegetation and trees along the eastern perimeter of the zoning and along that part of Ballyhornan Road frontage opposite open countryside shall be retained and enhanced with a 8-10 metre belt of trees of native species to provide screening for the development and help integrate it into the countryside;
  • the planting of substantial belts of indigenous trees and hedges as a buffer between existing housing, the golf course and new housing areas;
  • an 8-10 metre belt of trees of native species to be provided along the eastern boundary of the new link road where it forms the edge of the settlement limit and the zoning to provide screening for the development and help integrate it into the countryside;
  • provision of pedestrian and cycleway links to Monabot Road and Ardfern Park, and onto Ballyhornan Road;   
  • the layout shall be designed to provide for maximum permeability by bus services; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Downpatrick is complete  and fully operational.
The road schemes, which are considered necessary for the proper development of this area, will be undertaken as resources permit. Developers of lands released for development by these road schemes may be required to contribute to their construction.
Proposal DK 08 10.66 Hectares north off Ardenlee Gardens and Saul Road
Development of these lands is reliant upon the provision of the Downpatrick Link Road in accordance with Policy TRAN 1, including construction of the development road from Rathkeltair Road to Saul Road, up-grading of the northern section of Rathkeltair Road between Strangford Road and the development road, and up-grading of the Rathkeltair Road / Strangford Road junction and on the phasing of development. All road works are to be designed and implemented to the satisfaction of the Roads Service of the Department for Regional Development and implementation is likely to be dependent on contributions from the developers of the lands to be served by the road scheme.
Development of the site will only be permitted in accordance with an agreed scheme to provide the necessary public infrastructure, including those roads required to serve these lands. The detailed alignment and landscaping of the road shall be designed to achieve the maximum possible degree of integration in the landscape.
Key Design Considerations:
  • housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare and a maximum gross site density of 25 dwellings per hectare;
  • provision of a link road linking Strangford Road and Saul Road, realignment of associated junctions and upgrading of existing public roads where applicable; access arrangements and dwelling layout to be designed to ensure houses front onto existing and proposed access and public roads;
  • phasing of housing development in relation to infrastructural works. A foul pumping station will be required to serve these lands;
  • the steep escarpment slope covered in vegetation which separates the two parcels of land zoned for housing, together with the elevated land adjoining the Rathkeltair Road, shall be reserved for open space and recreation purposes as part of the development of these lands and shall be kept free of all types of development;
  • development shall be restricted to single storey on the higher and more prominent sections of the site, for example, behind Nos. 7-14 Ardenlee Gardens unless it can be demonstrated that buildings will not break the skyline, nor have an adverse visual impact when viewed from Mearne Road, Strangford Road or The Meadows development;
  • existing trees and vegetation along the top of the escarpment slope shall be retained and enhanced with similar native species;
  • an 8-10 metre belt of trees of native species to be provided along the northern boundary of the new link road where it forms the edge of the settlement limit and the zoning to provide screening for the development and help integrate it into the countryside;
  • a 5m planted landscape buffer shall be provided along the boundary with Ardenlee Gardens and the new housing positioned to prevent overlooking and loss of privacy;
  • pedestrian and cycleway links shall be provided between the development and Ardenlee Gardens, Saul Road and Rathkeltair Road.; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Downpatrick is complete and fully operational.
The road schemes, which are considered necessary for the proper development of this area, will be undertaken as resources permit. Developers of lands released for development by these road schemes may be required to contribute to their construction.
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