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Castlewellan Conservation Area

Location: Co. Down
Designation date: 22 December 1992

Background

Castlewellan Conservation AreaCastlewellan’s unique layout and impressive natural setting combine to create a town of historical and visual significance. Founded where the ancient road from Newry to Downpatrick crossed an elevated spur, it blends comfortably wit the surrounding countryside.
It siting is accentuated by the directness of its major approach roads which, flanked by low walls and tall trees, create an excellent sense of arrival.

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The historic core of the town has remained virtually unchanged since it was laid out in the mid 18th century. Its character and history is reflected in its squares, streets, buildings and landscape setting. The boundary of the areas is also a reflection of the town’s evolution and progressive development.

The Design Guide

The design guide generally provides information on the planning context, historical development, description or character appraisal of the area, the designation and guidelines for development proposals.

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