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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Down District: Shrigley

Shrigley developed as a mill village on the banks of the River Dibney is an outlier of Killyleagh. The construction of its own mill by John Martin in the early 19th century brought a century of prosperity and associated small scale expansion of the settlement.
The closure of the mill in 1931 signaled the start of a period of significant change. The unfit mill worker’s houses were replaced by a modern housing estate on the opposite side of the main road and the road was also realigned, separating the housing from the mill buildings.
Shrigley now functions as a small dormitory settlement comprising a public authority housing estate, a handful of private residences and a few industrial enterprises within the grounds of the former mill. With the exception of a small shop, it is completely dependent on Killyleagh for its services and has a local employment role.
The village is situated in a drumlin landscape, which serves as a natural envelope for development. The wooded hill slope to the north west of the existing housing is an important local landscape feature.
The Northern Ireland Landscape Character Assessment identifies the wooded ridgetop to the north west and Mill Hill to the north east as distinctive landscape settings. The elevated ground between Shrigley and Killyleagh, west of Shrigley Road towards Coily Hill also provides a distinctive landscape setting to both.
Proposal SY 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. 3/016a, Shrigley Settlement Map.
There has been only limited housing development over the previous Plan period and, due to its size, lack of facilities and topographical setting, only limited development is envisaged for Shrigley, located to the south of Crossgar Road.
It is considered important to retain the visual break between the village and nearby Killyleagh thereby protecting the separate identity of each settlement.
The Settlement Limit also includes the former mill and Tannery site which has the potential to provide an important source of local employment.
Proposal SY 02 Housing Policy Area
The following Housing Policy Area is designated in accordance with SETT 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 3/016a, Shrigley Settlement Map. Development of the lands below will be subject to the following Key Design Considerations:
HPA 1 Lands to south of Crossgar Road
  • housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare; and
  • access arrangements and dwelling layout to be designed to ensure houses front onto Crossgar Road and any internal access road.
Planning applications within the Housing Policy Area will also be processed in accordance with the requirements of all prevailing planning policy.
Proposal SY 03 Industrial Policy Area
The following Industrial Policy Area is designated in accordance with SETT 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 3/016a, Shrigley Settlement Map.
IPA 1 Lands east of Shrigley Road
Development of the remaining lands within the site will be subject to the following Key Design Considerations:
  • provision of a satisfactory means of access onto Shrigley Road and a right turn facility at the entrance to the site;
  • development layout and design shall be of a high quality;
  • buildings shall exhibit variety in their elevational treatment and heights;
  • extensive landscaping, including retention and enhancement of existing trees and hedgerows where feasible, shall be provided to reduce the visual impact of industrial usage in the village setting and to ensure that proposed uses do not adversely impact on the existing dwelling to the east of the site;
  • development should take account of the possible risk of contaminated land, possible underground tanks, potential for pollution of watercourses and groundwater and noise pollution from existing or proposed businesses and include mitigation measures where appropriate;
  • consideration of, and consultation with, Rivers Agency regarding control of water levels within the former mill race and associated mill ponds upstream of the site and responsibility for control of sluices (the mill ponds and mill race are not within the control of Rivers Agency);
  • no development shall take place within areas of flood pondage below the estimated Q100 level; and
  • connection to the foul sewerage system and provision for pumping if necessary.
Lands within the grounds of the former mill and tannery adjacent to Shrigley Road, currently or last used for industry are considered a suitable location for future industrial usage.
Planning applications within the Industrial Policy Area will also be processed in accordance with the requirements of all prevailing planning policy.
Proposal SY 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. 3/016a, Shrigley Settlement Map and Map No. 3/016b.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below.

LLPA 1 Dibney River Corridor and associated planting

  • river valley, shoreline areas and important trees makes significant contribution to the landscape and setting of Killyleagh and Shrigley;
  • substantially tree lined corridor – for example, poplars along the river between the two settlements and along Broad Meadows Lane are a distinguishing feature in the local landscape;
  • extends to include historical planting associated with former Shrigley House (now site of the tannery) and steep slope below Killyleagh Castle as an important part of setting of the castle above and the river below;
  • land adjoining river acts as physical break between built up areas of Killyleagh and Shrigley and helps maintain their separate identities; and
  • offers potential to extend the existing riverside walkway and link open space and community facilities in the centre of the village with the coast and the countryside.

LLPA 2 Historical plantings and landform north of Coily Hill Road

  • localised hill of strategic importance to the setting of Killyleagh and Shrigley helping to maintain their separation and separate identities; and
  • comprises original parkland landscape of park/estate associated with Killyleagh Castle with historic planting.

LLPA 3 Wooded ridgetop to rear of Osborne Drive and Woodland Crescent

  • important tree group - long established swathe of mature trees above housing estate forms prominent feature in the landscape and an important visual amenity within the small village; and
  • affords a landscape setting and contains development on the north west side of the settlement.
Proposal SY 05 Existing Amenity Open Space and Recreation
The following area of existing amenity open space and recreation use is designated in accordance with Planning Policy Statement 8 (PPS 8): Open Space, Sport and Outdoor Recreation and as indicated on Map No. 3/016a, Shrigley Settlement Map:

Active Open Space

Osborne Drive: Playground
There is an area of existing amenity open space and recreation space located just beyond the settlement limit at the Monument.
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