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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Down District: Killough

Killough is a picturesque harbour village situated on the Lecale coastline approximately 10 kilometres to the south-east of Downpatrick. It is located on the B176 Downpatrick to Killough Road and on the A2 coastal road between Strangford and Newcastle.
Killough Bay was regarded as a safe haven for shipping in the 17th century and its urban development began later in the century. It was mainly developed and laid out in the early part of the 19th century and retains much of its historical form, in particular, it’s attractive harbour and tree lined streets flanked by continuous road frontage development. It is a linear settlement with development stretching beyond Main Street to the north.
Killough was designated a Conservation Area in 1981 and benefited from an Environmental Improvement Scheme in the early nineties. It has a variety of listed buildings, including two churches, a number of private dwellings and the nearby listed Almshouses on the Rossglass Road.
The village is a small local service centre for the surrounding hinterland and to some extent a dormitory village for those employed in Downpatrick. It has two churches, a community centre, primary school, doctor’s surgery, Post Office, two shops and four public houses. There is also an area of informal amenity to the north and a playing field and playground to the west.
Killough also caters for passing tourists attracted by its natural setting within the Lecale Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, its impressive views, coastal walk and harbour. The village is located on a flat plain though the surrounding topography rises to the west and south where the windmill stump and coastguard station are significant features in the wider landscape and from the sea. The Northern Ireland Landscape Assessment highlights its sensitive landscape setting.
Northern Ireland Water proposes to upgrade Wastewater Treatment facilities for Killough with flows transferred to the upgraded Ardglass WWTW. The anticipated completion date is Spring 2011.
Proposal KH 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. 3/013, Killough Settlement Map.
The Settlement Limit is designated to prevent sprawl, particularly along Station Road, protect its natural setting and shoreline and the setting of Charles Shiel’s Institute, while allowing for future housing opportunities.
Proposal KH 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. 3/013, Killough Settlement Map. Development of the lands below will be subject to the following Key Design Considerations:
HPA 1 Lands to the west of St. Anne’s Court
  • the provision of an access through St. Anne’s Court to the satisfaction of DRD Roads Service;
  • the provision of a 5-8 metre landscape planting belt using indigenous species along the outer boundaries to ensure a well defined edge to development and that buildings integrate with the open countryside; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the Waste Water treatment Works for Killough is complete and fully operational.
HPA 2 Lands at Church View
  • design and layout of dwellings to be in keeping with the existing dwellings in Church View; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the Waste Water treatment Works for Killough is complete and fully operational.
HPA 3 Lands to the north of Seaview
  • a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare;
  • the provision of an access through Seaview to the satisfaction of DRD Roads Service;
  • the provision of a landscape planting belt using indigenous species along the outer boundaries to ensure a well defined edge to development and that buildings integrate with the open countryside; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the Waste Water treatment Works for Killough is complete and fully operational.
Planning applications within the Housing Policy Areas will also be processed in accordance with the requirements of all prevailing planning policy.
Proposal KH 03 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. 3/013, Killough 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 St Anne’s Church and surroundings

  • listed church and its wider shoreline setting including open space and undeveloped backlands which are critical as foreground in views from the north;
  • listed building formerly used by the Methodist Church and its surroundings; and
  • pleasant waterfront and public footpath along shore with attractive vistas across bay to Coney Island.

LLPA 2 Charles Shiel’s Institution Alms Houses

  • total of 32 listed alms houses in 4 separate blocks and their surroundings including communal gardens to the south and the open field to the east as a buffer between the site and the Settlement Limit; and
  • designed setting of the buildings with significant mature trees within grounds and along boundaries, also important in wider landscape terms.

LLPA 3 Windmill Stump and surroundings

  • landform and localised hilltop with the ruins of a windmill stump together provide a strong landscape setting to the village and form a good visual stop to development; and
  • locally important as a landmark and as part of the industrial past.
Proposal KH 04 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. 3/013, Killough Settlement Map:

Active Open Space

  • Rossglass Road: Playing Fields
  • Rossglass Road: Playground

Amenity Open Space

  • The Square: Recreation Area
There are other areas of existing amenity open space and recreation just beyond the settlement limit and within LLPA 1 at Main Street and the Harbour.
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