Cookstown Area Plan 2010
Drapersfield is located approximately three kilometres east of Cookstown.
The village has considerable character based on the attractive terrace of cottages at Sandy Row and the mature treescape along the riverbank. Existing housing consists of the terraced cottages and a variety of semi-detached and detached dwellings. The village is small in scale with a limited range of services.
The capacity of the sewage treatment works is an overriding constraint on growth and planning permission for new development will not normally be granted unless a satisfactory means of sewage disposal can be effected.
Local demand for housing within the village is likely to be moderate. 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 five units will not normally be permitted, although a terrace of houses reflecting the scale and character of Sandy Row would also be acceptable.
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated along the banks of the Ballinderry River and incorporating Drapersfield House, a listed building, in order to protect nature conservation interests, the riparian setting and mature treescape around existing buildings. Development in this area will normally be restricted to the appropriate extension of existing buildings and minor works.
An Area of Townscape Character is designated around Sandy Row. 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.