Cookstown Area Plan 2010
Policy Framework: Settlement (Page 2 of 2)
The settlement limit and land use zonings for Cookstown and the settlement limits of the villages are shown on the Settlement Maps. Specific requirements and guidance for each settlement and the zoned sites are contained in Part 3 of the Plan.
The Department identifies the position of certain access points for a range of sites within Cookstown and the villages, which it considers important to protect. These are at locations where future access opportunities are limited by the extent of existing development or where, in the interests of traffic safety, access will be restricted to certain points. The Department wishes to ensure that development proposals will not encroach upon or prejudice the future provision of satisfactory access, including visibility splays, at these locations. Elsewhere within settlement limits, the Department wishes to ensure that proposals will not unduly restrict the development potential of adjoining lands and will therefore consider the effect any proposal may have on the accessibility of such lands.
The identification of these access points does not necessarily indicate that they are suitable in their present condition for use as access to the site. Depending upon the scale of the development proposed, access points may have to be upgraded to meet the Department’s standards. These access points are identified on the relevant Settlement Maps.
A Dispersed Rural Community is designated at this location to accommodate the need for limited, local housing in recognition of its existing community facilities and strong local identity in an area of low development pressure. The extent of this designation is indicated on Map No. 62. In considering planning applications within this area the Department will have regard to Policy HOU 7 of A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland, and other prevailing regional planning policies and guidance contained in Part 3 of the Plan.