Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Ards Borough: Donaghadee Housing (Page 3 of 3)
|Proposal DE 13 Other Housing Sites|
|Lands identified for housing include the following sites approved for housing and developed since preparation of the Plan commenced:|
- 0.76 Hectares at the Breckenridge development, High Bangor Road
- 1.02 Hectares to the West of Morey Hill
- 1.04 Hectares at Seahill, Killaughey Road
- 5.46 Hectares to the west of the Edgewater development, Millisle Road
Donaghadee has experienced a degree of apartment development, which has included the demolition and redevelopment of existing properties. Whilst the Department is supportive in principle of higher density development in urban areas in order to conserve greenfield lands, it is concerned to promote quality residential environments and to resist any unsympathetic change to residential character.
These requirements demand a design-led approach tailored to the local context, and the particular circumstances of the individual site and its surroundings. The use of standard house or apartment types will rarely provide an acceptable design solution. Key considerations are the height, scale and massing of new development and the effect on adjoining and nearby residential properties. A sensitive approach is also required in terms of highway design and the siting of car parking areas.
The assemblage of adjoining sites to form single larger development sites will be resisted, as it can result in the loss of prevailing development patterns and irreparably change the character of an area.
Development Control Guidance Note 8: Housing in Existing Urban Areas provides supplementary guidance.