Cookstown Area Plan 2010
Orritor is located approximately three kilometres west of Cookstown.
The village has developed in a loose linear manner along Orritor Road. Some services and community facilities are available within the settlement. Local employment is provided by a rock quarry and fish hatchery located to the northeast of the village adjacent to the settlement limit.
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.
Development proposals within 250 metres of the rock quarry on Drumearn Road will be assessed in the light of the amenity implications associated with these operations. Development proposals that would be adversely affected by the existing quarry operations will not normally be permitted.
Sweeping panoramic views of the area to the south of the village are identified from an important viewpoint along Orritor Road. The views extend from Drum Manor Wood towards the southwest, taking in the valley of the Ballinderry River to the south and include the church spires in Cookstown towards the east. Development that would impact significantly on these views will not normally be permitted.
The National Cycle Route passes through the village.