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Cookstown Area Plan 2010
Settlements: Cookstown Opportunity Sites

Within the town centre a number of Opportunity Sites is designated where a range of uses in accordance with Plan Policy RSO4 will be acceptable. The key site requirements for each of these sites are as follows:
OS 01 Land at Orritor Road
This 4.56 hectare site contains a mixture of commercial and residential properties along Orritor Road. Most of the site was previously used for industry and the rear section is currently occupied by a large vacant building. A mixed-use development would be acceptable on this site.
Detailed proposals for the development of this site will be required to:
  • retain and improve the walkway/cycle way along the western site boundary;
  • provide pedestrian/cycle access from the public open space at Milburn Close to Orritor Road along the eastern boundary of the site;
  • retain and augment the existing tree grouping on the eastern boundary of the site; and
  • provide a comprehensive landscaping and tree-planting scheme that should include planting along the walkway/cycleways and buffer planting to the rear of neighbouring residential properties.
OS 02 Land off Factory Lane
This 2.74 hectare site is located to the west of Oldtown Street and consists of a number of narrow fields. The site is suitable for a mixture of housing, light industrial or business uses, provided the development does not generate excessive traffic to the detriment of the residential amenities of the adjacent housing.
A comprehensive design scheme will be required which takes into account the following key site requirements:
  • walkway/cycle ways should be provided along the northern and western boundaries;
  • the height of the development should respect the ridgeline of the neighbouring properties;
  • the condition of all trees on the site should be assessed and all trees worthy of retention should be incorporated, where possible, into the design and layout of the scheme; and
  • a landscaping scheme including tree planting, particularly along the routes of the walkways/cycleways, should be provided as part of any development proposal.
OS 03 Land at 47 Coagh Street
This 0.27 hectare site is located at the junction of Coagh Street and Union Street and consists of a three storey period house of some character and vacant commercial storage to the rear. Any development of the site should seek to retain this house, which could either be converted and/or extended for apartments, offices or hotel use, provided adequate parking is provided. Opportunity also exists to redevelop the rear of the site for housing or light industrial/business use provided development does not prejudice the residential amenities of the adjoining residential properties.
OS 04 Land at the junction of Burn Road and Park Avenue
This 2.03 hectare site contains vacant factory premises and some retail uses and has planning permission for a new retail development. This scheme has the advantage of mixing new retail uses with existing industry. However, favourable consideration would also be given to the total redevelopment of the site for a mixture of uses including retail, office, employment and housing, subject to landscaping and tree planting.
OS 05 Cookstown Agricultural Mart
This 1.34 hectare site comprises an agricultural mart with frontage along Molesworth Street and James Street. Whilst comprehensive redevelopment of the whole of this site would be advantageous, assembly may be problematical. Accordingly, consideration will be given to an appropriate, smaller scheme.
The site would be ideal for mixed uses, including retail with office and residential on the upper floors. A comprehensive design scheme will be required which takes into account the following key site requirements:
  • vehicular and pedestrian access to the site should be provided from Molesworth Street and/or Union Street. Pedestrian access to the site should be provided from James Street;
  • pedestrian access should be provided through the development to the Union Street car park and the bus station;
  • ground floor retail or retail related uses with shop frontages onto both James Street and Molesworth Street should be provided;
  • the listed properties at 14 and 16 Molesworth Street must be retained and integrated into the overall Molesworth Street facade of the development; and
  • the height, scale and massing of the design should complement this Area of Townscape Character with special attention being given to the junction of Molesworth Street and James Street where there is potential to create an architectural feature.
OS 06 Land located to the rear of Molesworth Street
This 1.32 hectare site consists of a series of under-used narrow strips of land to the rear of the properties in Molesworth Street. Access to the site can be taken from Molesworth Street. The design and layout of the site should take account of the restricted access, the elevated and prominent nature of the site and the fact that most of the adjacent properties are listed.
Development of housing or business uses on the site would be acceptable. A comprehensive design scheme will be required which takes into account the following key site requirements:
  • all buildings should be low elevation not exceeding two storeys;
  • in considering any proposals, a full tree survey will be required. The layout of the site should incorporate the retention of existing boundary trees and, where appropriate, other trees throughout the site; and
  • development should incorporate brick, stone or render for the walls and slate or tiles for the roof. Industrial warehouse-style buildings with metal sheet roofing will not be acceptable.
OS 07 Land to the rear of Orritor Street and Oldtown Street
This 0.54 hectare site comprises a private car park and some green field land. On the west, most of the site is located to the rear of residential properties whilst on the east, it backs onto commercial properties on Oldtown Street to which there is pedestrian access. There is also separate vehicular access to Orritor Street.
A comprehensive design scheme for this site will be required which takes into account the following key site requirements:
  • the western portion of the site within the Protected Town Centre Housing Area should be developed for housing purposes;
  • retail, office or light industrial development would be acceptable on the eastern portion of the site with pedestrian access from Oldtown Street retained; and
  • the height, scale and massing of any development should be in sympathy with the surrounding housing and commercial properties.
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