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Craigavon Area Plan 2010
Portadown: Town Centre (Page 1 of 2)

The town centre boundary proposed in the Draft Craigavon Area Plan is not confirmed, and therefore, does not form part of the adopted Plan.
The Department will undertake a study to examine retail provision in Portadown. This study will inform the designation of an appropriate town centre boundary, Major Retail Development Cores and Retail Frontage Policy Areas.
Plan Policy P/DOS 1 Development Opportunity Sites
Development Opportunity Sites are designated within Portadown.
Favourable consideration will normally be given for appropriate mixed use and commercial development on Development Opportunity Sites, provided any proposals are in accordance with prevailing regional planning policy, and the other policies, key site requirements and guidance contained in the Plan.
Designation P1 Watson Street/Bridge Street Development Opportunity Site
A 6.3 hectare site is designated suitable for retailing/office/leisure/ residential uses, as individual uses or as a mixed use proposal
Key site requirements:
  • the proposal provides satisfactory access and parking arrangements. A Traffic Impact Assessment will be required. Development of the site is likely to require extensive improvements to Northway;
  • surface water sewers are provided; and
  • a building restriction within 6 metres of sewerage pipes is observed within the site and wayleaves preserved
Developers should note that infilling of low-lying land in the southwest corner of the site may be required and an existing pumping station on the site may require to be relocated.
Designation P2 Foundry Street/Watson Street Development Opportunity Site
A 4.2 hectare site is designated suitable for retailing/office/leisure/residential uses, as individual uses or as a mixed use proposal.
Key site requirements:
  • the proposal provides satisfactory access and parking arrangements. A Traffic Impact Assessment will be required. No access will be permitted onto Northway. Existing car parking spaces lost as a result of the proposal shall bereplaced, either on site or in close proximity to the site;
  • careful consideration is given to floor levels in any new development;
  • a building restriction within 6 metres of sewerage pipes is observed within the site and wayleaves preserved;
  • consent to discharge surface water is obtained from Rivers Agency;
  • the proposal should have river-facing elements, of at least two storeys;
  • a landscaped riverside walkway should be incorporated into the proposal; and
  • any development will be required to retain, enhance or create urban spaces,views, landmarks, and other townscape features which make a material contribution to the character of the area or reveal such features to public view.
The developer should note that difficulties may be encountered in discharging stormwater to the River Bann against high river levels.
Designation P3 Wilson Street/Castle Street Development Opportunity Site
A 2.1 hectare site is designated suitable for retailing/office/leisure/residential/cultural uses, as individual uses or as a mixed use proposal.
Key site requirements:
  • the proposal incorporates safe and attractive pedestrian access to Portadown Railway Station;
  • the proposal provides satisfactory access and parking arrangements;
  • no new access will be permitted onto Northway or Mill Avenue;
  • existing car parking spaces lost as a result of the proposal shall be replaced, either on site or in close proximity to the site;
  • consent to discharge to a watercourse will be required;
  • a building restriction within 6 metres of sewerage pipes is observed within the site and wayleaves preserved;
  • the proposal should have river-facing elements, of at least two storeys;
  • the proposal should incorporate and enhance the existing area of open space along the River Bann and facilitate pedestrian access through the development to the riverside walkway;
  • the proposal should be predominantly two storey height equivalent;
  • the proposal should have a strong corner feature at Mill Avenue/Castle Street; and
  • no development will be permitted that will compromise or interfere with the existing public enjoyment of and access to the river frontage. Any development will be required to retain, enhance or create urban spaces, views, landmarks and other townscape features which make a material contribution to the character of the area or reveal such features to public view.
The developer should note that difficulties may be encountered in discharging stormwater to the River Bann against high river levels.
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