Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Ards Borough: Ballygowan (Page 1 of 2)
Ballygowan is located 16 kilometres south east of Belfast, 8 kilometres south west of Comber and 6 kilometres north east of Saintfield. The village is located on the protected route (A23) from Belfast and the trunk road (A21) between Newtownards and Ballynahinch.
It is a minor service centre providing a range of retail facilities and remains attractive as a commuter village due to its close proximity to Belfast. Most of the village’s commercial activity is centred on The Square and Belfast Road.
The recent Northern Ireland Landscape Character Assessment Report highlights Magherascouse Lough to the north east of the village as a feature of the Ballygowan/Blackwater valley. It provides an attractive landscape setting for that side of the village.
Ballygowan lies entirely within the upper catchment of the Blackwater River, which has a poor channel gradient and a narrow flood plain downstream from the village centre in the direction of Magherascouse Lough.
|Proposal BN 01 Settlement Limit|
|A Settlement Limit is designated in accordance with Policy SETT 1 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 2/006, Ballygowan Settlement Map.|
The designated Settlement Limit is drawn to protect the setting of the village while providing opportunities to develop its local service role.
The Settlement Limit includes housing land contained within the previous Settlement Limit, some with the benefit of planning permission and some now developed or being developed since the commencement of the preparation of the Plan.
planning permission has been granted for housing development on a number of sites within the existing urban fabric. Construction work is completed at Carsons Meadow, Ardmore Heights, Ardmore Manor and Meadow Farm East. Housing development has also been approved on appeal on the previous factory site on Moss Road.
Development is restricted elsewhere due to the topographical constraints along the Saintfield Road and Belfast Road, and also along Moss Road, where the lands are liable to flood. The Settlement Limit has been redrawn to the north of the settlement to exclude informal open space, and includes existing development at the Comber Road, The Brae and Carrickmannon Road as a logical end to the urban form.
|HPA 1 Gardens and land to the rear of Ballygowan House|
|HPA 2 Land adjacent to St Mary’s Primary School, Moss Road|