Cookstown Area Plan 2010
Stewartstown is located in open rolling countryside approximately eight kilometres southeast of Cookstown.
Established in the seventeenth century, the village retains considerable character. A wide range of services is 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 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 and encouraged provided the scale, layout and detailed design of the development are compatible with the scale and character of the settlement.
Local Landscape Policy Areas are designated at:
- Crew Hill (LLPA 1): To protect archaeological and nature conservation interests and associated trees. Development will not normally be permitted in this area;
- Stewartstown Lough (LLPA 2): To protect the Lough and its surroundings which include archaeological and nature conservation interests. Development in this area will normally be restricted to the appropriate extension of existing buildings and minor works; and
- The Railway Line (LLPA 3): To protect an area of mature tree cover and nature conservation interests, which has recreation potential. Development will not normally be permitted in this area.
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.
An important viewpoint is identified on the Cookstown approach to the village, taking in the valley and hills to the north and east. The landform sweeping up to towards Crew Hill is particularly significant and makes a substantial contribution to the amenity of the area. Stewartstown Lough is a feature of considerable merit and of historic interest. An important viewpoint of the lake is identified along Lisaclare Road. Development that would impact significantly on these views will not normally be permitted.
St Patrick's Church and St Mary's Church, both listed buildings, are local landmarks viewed from many points in and around the village. Development that would impact significantly on views of these landmarks will not normally be permitted.
The National Cycle Route passes through the village.