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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Down District: Newcastle Housing (Page 1 of 3)

Newcastle will provide local housing opportunities commensurate with its strategic role as a local hub. However its development is constrained by the quality of its natural environment, particularly towards the Mournes to the south and towards the west.
It is considered that Newcastle should accommodate in the order of 1000 housing units. A significant portion of this can be accommodated within the existing urban footprint and urban area, with minimal additional greenfield sites required.
Sites have been selected to ensure minimum impact on the environment. These lands will be developed in accordance with all prevailing regional planning policy on housing as referred to in the preamble to the housing policies in the Plan and with the relevant policies of the Plan. In addition, key design considerations are provided for each site in accordance with Planning Policy 7 (PPS 7): Quality Residential Environments, which should be taken into account in the preparation of development proposals. These key design considerations may include infrastructure requirements and/ or requirements for local neighbourhood facilities, to enable the comprehensive development of zoned housing lands.
Housing lands are indicated on Map No. 3/004a, Newcastle Settlement Map.
Proposal NE 02 0.83 Hectares east of Castlewellan Road
Key Design Considerations:
  • a minimum gross site density of 30 dwellings per hectare;
  • provision of satisfactory access and visibility splays onto Castlewellan Road;
  • a substantial planting belt to be provided along all boundaries of the site and within the proposed development to break up the housing mass and reduce the visual impact of the development;
  • access arrangements and dwelling layout to ensure that the dwellings front onto Castlewellan Road; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Newcastle is complete and fully operational.
Proposal NE 03 3.74 Hectares north of Bryansford Road, adjacent to Ashleigh House
Key Design Considerations:
  • provision of satisfactorily sited access(es) onto Bryansford and Tollymore Roads with appropriate sight visibility splays;
  • the area indicated on Map No 3/004a shall be kept free from development and retained as amenity open space within the development, in order to protect the setting of Ashleigh House, a Listed Building;
  • design and layout of the proposed development to consider and reflect the character of the Listed Building;
  • the existing vegetation along the  boundaries and within the “no build” zone shall be retained and supplemented by the planting of trees and bushes of appropriate species to provide screening for the development and to facilitate its integration into the urban fabric. Any trees removed for the purposes of providing a safe means of access shall be replaced by appropriate indigenous species planted to the rear of future sight visibility splays;
  • the existing boundary wall to be retained or rebuilt to the rear of sight visibility splays;
  • access arrangements and dwelling layout to ensure that houses front onto the Bryansford Road and Tollymore Road; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Newcastle is complete and fully operational  
Proposal NE 04 0.76 Hectares adjacent to 29 Tullybrannigan Road
Key Design Considerations:
  • the existing vegetation within the site and on the boundaries shall be retained and supplemented by the planting of trees and bushes of appropriate species to provide screening for the development and to facilitate its integration into the urban fabric. Any trees removed for the purposes of providing a safe means of access shall be replaced by appropriate indigenous species planted to the rear of future sight visibility splays;
  • the existing boundary wall to be retained or re-constructed to the rear of access sight lines; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Newcastle is complete and fully operational.
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