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

LLPA 4 The Old Rectory

  • listed 3 storey traditional style dwelling and associated outbuildings in designed surroundings with attractive stone wall along frontage and significant mature trees within grounds; and
  • formerly known as the “Vicarage” and “Glebe House”, the house sits in elevated position against backcloth of Saintfield Demesne and forms an attractive vista from Ballynahinch Road.

LLPA 5 Saintfield Parish Church and backlands

  • historically important, listed parish church rebuilt in 1776 and surroundings including graveyard and undeveloped backlands behind Main Street;
  • formal rows of trees along front and side of church are significant townscape feature and church setback from Main Street with grass verge and trees creates air of formality; and
  • listed Market House and other listed buildings on Main Street and their gardens to rear.

LLPA 6 First Saintfield Presbyterian Church and surroundings

  • historically important listed church dating to 1777 and its surroundings including the guild hall and graveyard enclosed by attractive stone wall onto Comber Street;
  • important mature trees provide backcloth to graveyard along the eastern boundary; and
  • contains historic site of the Battle of Saintfield and alleged graves of the dead.

LLPA 7 Carson’s Dam River Corridor

  • river corridor linking Saintfield Demesne to Windmill Hill and associated important mature trees and riverside vegetation especially east of former railway line and alongside the hockey and cricket pitches;
  • potential for public access along some stretches;
  • remains of former windmill of historical significance in association with Saintfield Mills has potential as a riverside amenity area; and
  • former drained and surviving mill ponds are important link with the industrial past.

LLPA 8 Saintfield Demesne

  • listed Saintfield House and its designed surroundings comprising the demesne, home to the original landlords and proprietors of the village;
  • large area of parkland landscape with important tree groups and plantations of visually significant woodland forms attractive backdrop and strong landscape setting to Saintfield;
  • planned view from Main Street/Comber Square to Gothic style listed gatelodge and formal entrance to demesne;
  • demesne also contains a number of listed structures including an ice house and pump house, and a series of archaeologically recognised sites including raths and enclosures;
  • contains part of Carson’s Dam River Corridor and associated vegetation; and
  • demesne lands are open to attractive vistas from Ballynahinch Road.
A substantial part of these lands is also designated as a Historic Park, Garden and Demesne under Proposal COU 7 in Volume 1 of the Plan.

LLPA 9 Lands north of Rowallane

  • localised hill - drumlin landform forms a good landscape and visual stop to development on the southern side of Saintfield; and
  • one of a series of drumlins within and around the settlement which form part of the landscape setting of Saintfield.
Proposal SD 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. 3/015a, Saintfield Settlement Map.
The area identified reflects the area of the 17th century and later settlement where, on the basis of current knowledge, it is likely that archaeological remains will be encountered in the course of development.
Proposal SD 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. 3/015a, Saintfield Settlement Map:

Active Open Space

  • Comber Street: Hockey Pitch
  • Comber Street: Cricket Pitch
  • New Line: Playground
  • Lislane Park: Playground
  • Crossgar Road: Bowling Green

Amenity Open Space

  • New Line: Recreation area
  • Lislane Park: Recreation area
Proposal SD 07 Proposed Amenity Open Space and Recreation
The following areas of proposed 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. 3/015a, Saintfield Settlement Map.

Amenity Open Space

Town Hill: Recreation area
9.5 hectares of land at Town Hill are identified for future amenity open space and recreation use. Down District Council is committed to the provision of this area of open space to encompass walls, picnic areas and views.
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