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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Down District: Killyleagh (Page 1 of 2)

Killyleagh is situated approximately 10 kilometres north east of Downpatrick on the main Comber Road. The village sits on the western shores of Strangford Lough within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Part of Killyleagh Castle dates from the 15th century, and the present village form was laid out by 1625. The castle overlooks the town towards the harbour and the parish church and, with its demesne grounds and mature planting, forms a distinctive setting to the west of the village. A Conservation Area was designated in 1993 to encompass the original 17th century settlement, harbour area and Dibney River valley.
Prominent lands west of Shrigley Road and at Coily Hill to the north west and between Comber Road and Holm Bay to the north east of the village also provide distinctive landscape settings as identified in the Northern Ireland Landscape Character Assessment.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, Killyleagh prospered with the growth of the port and textile manufacture and with the establishment Killyleagh of Killyleagh and Shrigley mills. An economic downturn came with the closure of Shrigley mill in 1931 and later Killyleagh Yarns in 1997. A new housing development has been constructed on the former Killyleagh Mill site since the commencement of the preparation of the Plan.
Today the village functions as a local service centre, commuter settlement and has also become an important yachting centre for the surrounding area. It has a range of shops and offices serving the surrounding rural area.
Recently, private sector development has taken place to the south and south west of the town along the Downpatrick Road and Shore Road. Another new private development has been completed along Bridge Street in the east of the village. The public sector has also developed housing off the Downpatrick Road and to north of the town on the Comber Road.
Killyleagh Waste Water Treatment Works has been upgraded to serve Killyleagh, Shrigley and the pumped flow from Crossgar.
Proposal KLH 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. 3/014a, Killyleagh Settlement Map.
The designated Settlement Limit includes parcels of housing land included within the previous limit, some with the benefit of planning permission and some now developed or under construction since the commencement of the preparation of the Plan.
Development is restricted to the north, south and west due to the topographical constraints and the visual amenity of surrounding landscapes, which provide a setting to Killyleagh particularly when viewed from Strangford Lough. It is also important to maintain the physical and visual separation of Killyleagh and Shrigley to the north west and the shoreline setting of the village.
Proposal KLH 02Housing 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. 3/014a Killyleagh Settlement Map. Development of the lands below will be subject to the following Key Design Considerations:
HPA 1 Lands west of Comber Road
  • housing development to be a maximum gross site density of 10 dwellings per hectare;
  • provision of a satisfactorily sited access onto Comber Road, visibility splays, a right turn facility at the entrance to the site and a footway along the entire site frontage;
  • a full survey and retention of existing trees along Comber Road; and
  • additional woodland planting of indigenous trees to be undertaken on the bank along the frontage of the site.
HPA 2 Lands to south of 8 Downpatrick Road and to rear of Strangford View
  • housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare;
  • provision of a satisfactorily sited access and visibility splays onto the A22 Downpatrick Road;
  • the elevated and most prominent parts of the site above the 35m contour line shall be kept free of all types of development, appropriately landscaped with indigenous trees and fully integrated into the design and layout of the development as open space;
  • the retention of existing boundary vegetation and the provision of additional indigenous planting along the outer boundaries to ensure buildings integrate into the surrounding landscape; and
  • consideration of views to the site, in particular from Strangford Lough to the east.
HPA 3 Lands off Inishmore and adjoining the Anchorage
  • housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare;
  • suitable access arrangements through the Inishmore housing estate road and the upgrading of the junction of Inishmore with the A22 Downpatrick Road to provide a right turn facility;
  • low-lying areas in the southern portion of the site could be liable to tidal flooding. A Flood Risk Assessment should be submitted with any planning application indicating the extent to which the site is affected by the coastal floodplain. The Flood Risk Assessment should include measures to mitigate the flood risk to the developed site. Developers should contact Rivers Agency at an early stage in the development control process.
  • consideration shall be given to the visual impact of development from the harbour area to the north and Strangford Lough to the south; and
  • existing vegetation along the boundaries of the site, in particular along the southern boundary, shall be retained and supplemented by a 3 metre minimum belt of trees of native species to provide screening for the development and help integrate it into the surrounding countryside
HPA 4 Lands south of the Anchorage
  • housing numbers not to exceed a maximum of 21 units;
  • access to be provided to an acceptable standard through the existing Anchorage housing estate road;
  • existing vegetation along the boundaries of the site, in particular along the southern boundary, shall be retained and supplemented by planting of trees of native species to provide screening for the development and help integrate it into the surrounding countryside; and
  • consideration of views to the site, particularly from Strangford Lough to the south.
In accordance with DRD Roads Service requirements, a maximum of 50 dwellings, including existing housing development, can be accessed off Shore Road via The Anchorage.
Planning applications within the Housing Policy Areas will also be processed in accordance with the requirements of all prevailing planning policy.
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