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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Policy Framework: Urban Capacity Land

The Regional Development Strategy (RDS) aims to provide an increased share of future residential development within the existing urban footprint to reduce greenfield housing extensions and to encourage compact urban forms, in order to promote sustainable forms of development. The RDS states that targets for individual towns will be set through the development plan process.
In Ards Borough it is anticipated that urban capacity sites will provide approximately 87 hectares of future housing land in Newtownards, Comber and Donaghadee, (or 27 % of the total provision for the Plan period) the remaining 230 hectares to be provided from Greenfield sites.
In Down District, it is anticipated that urban capacity sites will provide approximately 81 hectares of future housing land in Downpatrick, Ballynahinch and Newcastle, ( or 34 % of the total provision for the Plan period ), the remaining 159 hectares to be provided from Greenfield sites.
The higher anticipated targets or yields in terms of units constructed within urban capacity sites in comparison to the amount of land to be developed reflects the higher densities expected on urban capacity sites compared to green field sites.
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