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

the A7, approximately 18 kilometres from both Downpatrick and Belfast.
Originally an early 17th century settlement, from which the parish church survives, the present village form of Saintfield dates back to the early 18th century and the establishment of linen manufacturing and other trades by the Price family. The village had a number of corn, flour and flax mills, the remains of which are visible today, and retained a tradition of textile manufacture through Saintfield Yarns until its closure in late 2003. The architectural and historic significance of its village centre is reflected in its designation as a Conservation Area in 1997.
Regular markets and fairs were held throughout Saintfield’s history and today it remains a busy service centre for the surrounding rural area. Saintfield still hosts a large number of local traders and is a specialist centre for antiques. Saintfield Saintfield also functions as a commuter village with considerable pressure for housing development. The village has now expanded considerably to the south west along the Ballynahinch Road and south along Crossgar Road and Listooder Road.
The village is situated within the typical County Down drumlin landscape and its natural setting places significant constraints on future growth. The heavily wooded and parkland landscape of Saintfield Demesne provides Saintfield with a distinctive landscape setting to the north as identified by the Northern Ireland Landscape Character Assessment, while the wooded grounds and formal gardens of Rowallane provide an attractive visual stop and setting to the south. Windmill Hill to the east is a significant visual feature and Town Hill is an important feature in the local landscape and historic townscape.
Proposal SD 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. 3/015a, Saintfield Settlement Map.
The designated Settlement Limit is drawn to allow additional development opportunities while protecting the natural setting of the village.
Saintfield has experienced considerable growth over the past decade. The Settlement Limit includes lands developed since the commencement of the preparation of the Plan. It also includes lands developed for light industrial use, warehousing and other commercial uses adjoining the sewage works and accessed from Windmill Road and Belfast Road.
Proposal SD 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. 3/015a, Saintfield Settlement Map. Development of the lands below will be subject to the following Key Design Considerations:
HPA 1 Lands between Lisburn Road and Middle Road
  • housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare;
  • existing hedgerow boundaries shall be retained and enhanced with similar indigenous species;
  • provision of a satisfactorily sited access onto C295 Middle Road;
  • access arrangements and dwelling layout to be designed to ensure that dwellings front onto both Middle Road and Lisburn Road and proposed internal access roads; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Saintfield is complete and fully operational.
HPA 2 Lands adjoining Belfast Road and Todd’s Hill
  • housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 15 dwellings per hectare;
  • provision of a satisfactory access and visibility splays onto Todd’s Hill;
  • provision of a 2m minimum planted buffer along boundaries with adjoining industrial and commercial land to the north and east to protect the amenity of the proposed dwellings;
  • the most elevated parts of the site to the rear of 3 Ambleside and adjoining the north east corner of 4 Ambleside to be kept free of all types of built development;
  • existing mature trees within the site and along the Belfast Road frontage to be retained and fully incorporated into the design and layout of the development;
  • suitable landscaping of tree and hedgerow species shall be reinstated behind the required sight visibility splays;
  • proposed housing to maintain a satisfactory distance from the nearby sewage treatment works;
  • access arrangements and dwelling layout to be designed to ensure that dwellings front onto both the Belfast Road and Todd’s Hill and proposed internal access roads; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Saintfield is complete and fully operational.
HPA 3 Lands to west of Old Grand Jury Road
  • housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare;
  • the most elevated parts of the site in the north western corner shall be kept free of built development to protect the visual amenity of the area;
  • retention of existing hedgerows and provision of additional landscaping of native species along the boundaries of the site;
  • access arrangements and dwelling layout to be designed to ensure that dwellings front onto the Old Grand Jury Road and any proposed internal access roads; and
  • interim sewage disposal measures may be necessary until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Saintfield is complete and fully operational.
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