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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Down District: Ardglass

Ardglass is an attractive coastal village on the B1 Ardglass to Downpatrick Road, approximately 11 kilometres to the south east of Downpatrick.
It developed as a fishing port by virtue of its location on the eastern seaboard of the Lecale and its siting by a natural inlet. It has one of the few harbours which is accessible at all states of the tide and today has two fishing piers, the North Pier and South Pier, a number of fish processing factories and a marina.
The village is a commuter centre for workers in Downpatrick and Belfast, a seaside resort and a local service centre providing housing and a variety of shops and services which are mainly concentrated in Castle Place, Quay Street, Kildare Street and Bath Street.
A Conservation Area was designated in Ardglass in 1996, focused on its early 19th Century street pattern. The village has 8 archaeological sites within the Settlement Limit and another 2 archaeological sites at nearby Ardtole. There are a number of listed properties located on Castle Place, Kildare Street and The Crescent. St Nicholas’ Church, King’s Castle, Ardglass Castle, Isabella Tower, the disused railway station, the North Pier and the inner Dock are also listed.
The settlement is situated on a low hill, Green Hill which is quite prominent in the local landscape, particularly from the west and south west. It is located between two headlands referred to in the Northern Ireland Character Assessment as providing a landscape setting for the village. Isabella Tower is a significant local landmark.
Northern Ireland Water proposes to upgrade Waste Water Treatment facilities for Ardglass with an anticipated completion date of Spring 2011.
Proposal AS 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. 3/006, Ardglass Settlement Map.
The designated Settlement Limit is drawn to protect the setting of the village, including its shoreline, while providing opportunities to develop its local service role. In addition to sites remaining undeveloped at the outset of the Plan period, the development limit also includes additional housing land.
Ardglass has a strong tradition in the fishing industry and provision is made for the expansion of its related activities and employment opportunities. The designated Settlement Limit includes sites identified for industry. The sites are required to meet the employment needs of the local area and no other purpose.
Proposal AS 02 Housing Policy Areas
The following Housing Policy Areas are designated in accordance with Policy SETT 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 3/006, Ardglass Settlement Map. Development of the lands below will be subject to the following Key Design Considerations:
HPA 1 Lands to the north of Ashdale Gardens, Crew Hill Gardens and Whiterock Drive
  • a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare;
  • the provision of a satisfactory standard of access, including a right turn lane, at the Downpatrick Road.
  • access arrangements and housing layout shall be designed to ensure that dwelling units front onto the Downpatrick Road and any proposed internal access roads;
  • the construction of a footway along the site frontage on Downpatrick Road, linking to existing footway within the village;
  • the northern boundary of the site 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 Ardglass is complete and fully operational.
A total of 12 houses may be accessed through the existing Whiterock Drive. This site includes 25 dwellings constructed since the commencement of the preparation of the Plan.
HPA 2 Lands south of Green Road and west of Cedar Grove
  • a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare;
  • the provision of a satisfactory standard of access onto the Green Road.
  • access arrangements and housing layout shall be designed to ensure that dwelling units front onto the Green Road and any proposed internal access roads;
  • the construction of a footway along the site frontage on Green Road, linking to existing footway within the village;
  • the southern and western boundaries of the site 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;
  • existing mature vegetation along the northern and eastern boundaries to be retained and augmented where necessary to provide screening for the development; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Ardglass is complete and fully operational.
HPA 3 Lands off Strangford Road
  • a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare;
  • the provision of a satisfactory standard of access , including a right turn lane, at the Strangford Road;
  • access arrangements and housing layout shall be designed to ensure that dwellings front onto the Strangford Road and any proposed internal access roads;
  • the construction of a footway along the site frontage on Strangford Road, linking to existing footway within the village;
  • the eastern and northern boundaries of the site 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 countryside;
  • existing mature vegetation along the western boundary to be retained and augmented where necessary to provide screening for the development; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Ardglass is complete and fully operational.
Planning applications within these Housing Policy Areas will also be considered in accordance with prevailing planning policy.
Proposal AS 03 Industrial Policy Area
The following Industrial Policy Area is designated in accordance with Policy SETT 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 3/006, Ardglass Settlement Map. Development of the site shall be subject to the following Key Design Considerations:
IPA 1 Lands off Downpatrick Road
  • entire site to be used for industrial use and no other purpose;
  • development layout and design to be of a high quality;
  • the provision of a landscaped pedestrian access linking the former disused railway line on the west of the site to Downpatrick Road;
  • the provision of a 5 - 8m planting belt, using appropriate indigenous species along the western and southern boundaries of the site and the Downpatrick Road frontage to reduce the impact of industrial usage in the village setting and to provide a solid edge to the urban area; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Ardglass is complete and fully operational.
Planning applications within the Industrial Policy Area above will also be considered in accordance with the requirements of prevailing planning policy.
Proposal AS 04 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. 3/006, Ardglass Settlement Map and the relevant Down Countryside Map
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below.

LLPA 1 King’s Castle and adjoining grounds

  • listed 19th century King’s Castle building and its walled setting, gardens and listed entrance gates situated near the centre of the historic settlement;
  • localised hill – castle has prominent location overlooking the harbours and is a highly significant silhouette feature in the townscape and in surrounding countryside; and
  • mature trees and vegetation surrounding the modern bungalow and the field to the north on lower ground contribute to the setting of the castle.

LLPA 2 Isabella Tower and surroundings

  • listed tower on localised hill is a distinguishing landmark feature of Ardglass viewed from surrounding countryside and a prominent feature in the local landscape; and
  • viewed from south and west, the topographical setting and surroundings of the listed tower are free from built development and afford uninterrupted views from Killough/Coney Island direction.

LLPA 3 St. Nicholas Parish Church and surroundings

  • attractive stone built listed church building and its setting including landscaped grounds and perimeter wall and railings;
  • early 19th church on earlier ecclesiastical site of archaeological importance situated near the centre of the historic settlement;
  • important mature tree groups around edges of property and throughout site; and
  • slender spire is a local landmark feature within the wider townscape and countryside and church occupies prominent corner site on rising ground.
Proposal AS 05 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. 3/006, Ardglass Settlement Map.
The area identified reflects the area of medieval and later settlement around a historic harbour where, on the basis of current knowledge, it is likely that archaeological remains will be encountered in the course of development.
Proposal AS 06 Existing Amenity Open Space and Recreation
The following areas of existing amenity open space and recreation use are designated in accordance with Planning Policy Statement 8 (PPS 8): Open Space, Sport and Outdoor Recreation and as indicated on Map No. 3/006, Ardglass Settlement Map:

Active Open Space

  • Quay Street: Playground
  • Seaview: Playground
  • The Meadow, Green Road: Playing field and Playground
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