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

Proposal NE 10 4.75 Hectares west of Castlewellan Road
The proper development of these lands is dependent upon the provision of a flood relief scheme for the Burren implemented by DARD Rivers Agency. In addition to housing land, the Drainage Scheme will also provide a wildlife amenity corridor, (see Proposal NE 17, LLPA 1 below).
Key Design Considerations:
  • a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare and a maximum gross site density of 25 dwellings per hectare;
  • phasing of housing development in relation to infrastructural works;
  • site to be accessed onto Castlewellan Road and a right turning lane to be provided;
  • access arrangements and dwelling layout shall be designed to ensure that houses front onto the Castlewellan Road;
  • the existing mature vegetation along the site boundaries shall be retained. Any trees to be 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;
  • careful consideration of the treatment and design of the western boundary of the site adjacent to the proposed Burren River Drainage Scheme. A development layout will be submitted as part of any future planning application on the site and shall include details of finished floor and ground levels in relation to the Burren River and proposed boundary treatment for approval by Planning Service; 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 11 0.50 Hectares adjacent to Marguerite Gardens
The proper development of these lands is dependent upon the provision of a flood relief scheme for the Burren implemented by DARD Rivers Agency. In addition to additional housing land, the Drainage Scheme will also provide a wildlife amenity corridor, (see Proposal NE 17, LLPA 1 below).
Key Design Considerations:
  • provision of a satisfactory sited access(es) onto Marguerite estate roads; 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.
Capacity remains for additional 10 units adjacent to Marguerite Park.
Proposal NE 12 2.36 Hectares at Middle Tollymore Road
Key Design Considerations:
  • a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare and a maximum gross site density of 25 dwellings per hectare;
  • site to be accessed onto Middle Tollymore Road, which will require to be upgraded to the satisfaction of the Department for Regional Development Roads Service;
  • the junction of the Middle Tollymore Road and Tollymore Road to be upgraded to the satisfaction of the Department for Regional Development Roads Service;
  • access arrangements and dwelling layout to ensure that houses front onto the Middle Tollymore Road;
  • existing boundary vegetation along eastern boundary to be retained;
  • the western boundary to be landscaped with an 8 -10 metre belt of trees of native species to provide screening for the development and help integrate it into the surrounding countryside; 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 13 2.16 Hectares west of Dundrum Road
Planning permission was granted on appeal for 51 dwellings on this land in September 2005. These are now under construction.

Apartment Development

Newcastle has experienced a substantial amount of apartment development, which has included the demolition and redevelopment of existing properties and which threatens existing residential character. Whilst the Department is supportive in principle of higher density development in urban areas in order to conserve greenfield lands, it is concerned to promote quality residential environments and to resist unsympathetic change to residential character.
These requirements demand a design-led approach tailored to the local context, and the particular circumstances of the individual site and its surroundings. The use of standard house or apartment types will rarely provide an acceptable design solution. A key consideration is the protection of the privacy of the occupants of residential properties, which are adjacent to the proposed development. A sensitive approach is also required in terms of highway design and the siting of car parking areas.
Situations can arise where developers buy up several adjacent plots for more comprehensive apartment developments. However, the assemblage of adjoining sites to form single larger development sites will normally be resisted, as it can result in the loss of development patterns and can change the character of an area beyond all recognition.
Policy NE 14 Apartments
Proposals for apartment development in Newcastle shall respect the architectural, streetscape and landscape character of the area and shall be in conformity with its established character in terms of:
  • the set backs of properties from the street;
  • the treatment of boundaries, both hard and soft;
  • the structural landscape including the retention of mature trees;
  • the scale of built form, particularly in terms of the height and massing when viewed from the street;
  • the articulation of the roof and building lines; and
  • the architectural detailing and use of materials.
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