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Craigavon Area Plan 2010-Draft Plan Published

Published on Wed, 26 Apr 2000
The Department of the Environment's Planning Service has today published the Craigavon Area Plan 2010 - Draft Plan.
Giving details, the DOE's Divisional Planning Manager Mr Pat Mc Bride commented, "This will be the first statutory plan for Craigavon. The purpose of the Plan is to inform the general public, statutory authorities, developers and other interested bodies of the policy framework and land use proposals that will be used to guide development decisions within Craigavon Borough.
"The Plan relates to the whole of Craigavon Borough and contains policies and proposals for Lurgan, Portadown, Brownlow, the Central Area of Craigavon and the surrounding countryside, including villages and smaller settlements. The Plan identifies settlement limits, land use zonings for housing, industry and recreation and policies to protect the environment, the countryside and town centres."
Mr Mc Bride concluded by recommending members of the public to take the time to study the proposals which will be on public display in the Borough.
Craigavon Borough has a population of around 79800, the majority of whom live within the towns of Lurgan and Portadown and within Brownlow and the Central Area of Craigavon. This population is anticipated to rise to around 88900 by the year 2010. The Plan has zoned substantial areas of housing land within the urban area of the Borough to accommodate this population growth. 340 hectares of land are identified for development of housing, with a further 145 hectares being held in a phase 2 reserve to accommodate unanticipated growth. The housing land zonings are located in:
  • Lurgan - 118 hectares (Phase 1), 68 hectares (Phase 2)
  • Portadown - 124 hectares (Phase 1), 44 hectares (Phase 2)
  • Central Craigavon/Brownlow - 96 hectares (Phase 1), 68 hectares (Phase 2)
In addition to housing land over 180 hectares of industrial land have been zoned. This recognises Craigavon's position as a major industrial centre and aims to build upon its current industrial base, its strategic position within Northern Ireland and its high-quality transportation links.
To complement the anticipated growth in housing and industry in the urban area the Plan is focussing on new commercial, retail and leisure development in the town centres of Lurgan and Portadown and within Craigavon Centre. In Lurgan and Portadown there is an emphasis on regeneration and conservation, with development opportunity sites identified. The Plan proposes to designate Lurgan Town Centre as an Area of Townscape Character to recognise its historic value and distinctive urban form. The Department is publishing Draft Design Guidance for this area and would welcome comments from traders, architects and the general public. The role of Craigavon Centre as a administrative and retail centre is to be complemented by enhancement of the lakes area for recreation and tourism development.
Craigavon Borough has 8 villages and 16 smaller settlements within the countryside. The aim of the Plan is facilitate sustainable development within these that contributes to their character. The attractive open countryside will be protected from development by a green belt around the urban area and by a Countryside Policy Area along the shores of Lough Neagh.
The preparation of the Plan has involved consultation with the Craigavon Borough Council, statutory bodies and the public. Over 300 representations to the Preliminary Proposals were received. These representations, together with the views and comments of the Borough Council and statutory bodies were taken into account in preparing the Plan.

Notes for Editors

The Draft Plan is published for public consultation and the public are invited to examine at a series of exhibitions to be held from Thursday 27 April in Lurgan, Portadown and Craigavon Centre (details attached).
Representations in support of or objections to any of the policies or proposals contained in the Draft Plan should be submitted in writing and must be received by 7 June 2000.
They should be addressed to:
Mr P J McBride
The Divisional Planning Manager
Craigavon Area Plan 2010
Divisional Planning Office
Marlborough House
Central Way
BT67 1AD
Tel: 028 3834 1144
Fax: 028 3834 1065
E Mail:
Craigavon Area Plan - Draft Plan, consisting of a written statement and accompanying maps will be available for inspection at the Divisional Planning Office from 26 April 2000.
From 8 May 2000 the exhibition will be on display at the Divisional Planning Office during normal office hours:
Divisional Planning Office
Marlborough House
Central Way
BT64 1AD
The Draft Plan can be viewed at public exhibitions as detailed below where Planning Service staff will be in attendance on the dates and times indicated.
Rushmere Shopping Centre, Craigavon
  • Thursday 27 April 2000, 12.00pm to 8.00pm
  • Friday 28 April 2000, 10.00am to 6.00pm
Lurgan Town Hall, Union Street, Lurgan
  • Tuesday 2 May 2000, 12.00pm to 8.00pm
  • Wednesday 3 May 2000, 10.00am to 6.00pm
Portadown Town Hall, Edward Street, Portadown
  • Thursday 4 May 2000, 12.00pm to 8.00pm
  • Friday 5 May 2000, 10.00am to 6.00pm
The Plan will also be available for inspection at the locations specified below, during normal opening hours, from Monday 8 May 2000 to Friday 2 June 2000.
  • Derrymacash Post Office, 9 Derrymacash Road, Aghacommon
  • Aghagallon Post Office, 1 Aghalee Road, Aghagallon
  • N. Douglas (Shop Proprietor), 180 Bleary Road, Bleary
  • M. Breen (Shop Proprietor), 19 Pier Rampart, Derrytrasna
  • Springmarket Service Station, 82 Belfast Road, Dollingstown
  • Donaghcloney Post Office (Spar Shop), 9 Main Street, Donaghcloney
  • Killycomain Post Office (Jet Filling Station), Gilford Road, Portadown
  • Magheralin Post Office, 19 Newforge Road (Mace Supermarket), Magheralin
  • Scotch Street Post Office, 106 Moy Road, Portadown
  • Waringstown Post Office, Main Street, Waringstown
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