Cookstown Area Plan 2010
Settlements: The Rock
The Rock is located at a crossroads approximately seven kilometres southwest of Cookstown.
Despite dispersed development, which has taken place along some of the roads leading out of the settlement, the centre of the village, with its village green, retains considerable character. Some local services and community facilities are available.
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 low. 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 ten units will not normally be permitted.
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated around the Village Green, which contains a listed pump, in order to protect the character of the village. Development in this area will be limited to minor works complementing the character of the area.
An Area of Townscape Character is designated in the centre of the village based on the quality of the village setting. The design of development proposals in this area should be in keeping with the building traditions of the area in terms of scale, form, massing and design. 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.