Cookstown Area Plan 2010
Ballyronan is located on the shores of Lough Neagh, approximately sixteen kilometres northeast of Cookstown.
The village owes its origins to a small harbour, which has been developed as a modern marina. In addition to excellent leisure and tourist amenities, some local facilities and services are available.
Local demand for housing within the village is likely to be high. Single dwelling units of an appropriate design will normally be permitted on suitable sites within the settlement limit provided the proposal does not prejudice the comprehensive development of adjacent land. Comprehensive development will normally be permitted provided the scale, layout and detailed design of the development are compatible with the scale and character of the settlement. Accordingly, residential developments in excess of twenty units will not normally be permitted.
An Area of Townscape Character is designated in the centre of the village based on the quality of the built heritage. The design of development proposals in this area should be in keeping with the original characteristics of the area in terms of scale, form, materials and points of detail. The characteristic built form displayed in this area can also help inform developers in preparing development proposals elsewhere in the village to reinforce local identity.
Views of Lough Neagh which make a significant contribution to the amenity of the area should be protected. An important viewpoint of the Lough is identified along Shore Road. Development that would impact significantly on this view will not normally be permitted.
Access to Lough Neagh is considered to be an important feature contributing to the vitality of the village. Development will not normally be permitted which would restrict existing public access to the Lough.
Over the plan period, the District Council proposes to designate a statutory Local Nature Reserve at Ballyronan Wood to the north of the village.