Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Ards Borough: Portaferry (Page 2 of 2)
|HPA 4 Land to the west of Cloughey Road|
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below.
LLPA 1 Portaferry House, grounds and associated plantings
- significant areas of woodland and parkland within the historic demesne provide an attractive entrance feature into the village and aspect onto Strangford Lough and a distinctive natural landscape setting to the north of the village;
- demesne lands provide attractive vistas from Strangford, the Lough and from Windmill Hill to the south of the village;
- series of listed buildings including Portaferry House, lodges, gates and outbuildings and their surroundings comprising the demesne itself;
- archaeological monuments – mound near Portaferry House and medieval and post medieval church and graveyard on the edge of the demesne at Templecraney; and
- walled garden area now contains a tourist and recreational area with aquarium, playground, caravan park, paths, gardens and car parking with link to shore.
A substantial part of these lands is also designated as a Historic Park, Garden and Demesne of Special Historic Interest under Proposal COU7 in Volume 1 of the Plan. Additional information about the site can be found in the Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s Register of Parks, Gardens and Demesnes of Special Historic Interest.
LLPA 2 Windmill Hill and environs
- industrial heritage and archaeological site – stump of former corn mill on highest point of hill is a scheduled monument and a prominent landmark feature in wider landscape;
- localised hill - Windmill Hill rising above the village is a locally significant and long distance vista from the opposite shores of the Lough;
- predominantly undeveloped slopes of Windmill Hill comprise the setting of the archaeological site of regional significance and a prominent landform in itself; and
- listed St Patrick’s RC Church and surroundings including graveyard, original Ballyphilip National School, modern bungalow and modern St Mary’s Primary School nestled into the side of the hill. This area also forms part of the landform and setting of the windmill.
LLPA 3 Rectory and large houses and associated vegetation
- listed rectory and remaining grounds with mature trees comprising its setting;
- mature trees around rectory and adjoining substantial houses and suburban infill dwellings are an important entrance feature into the village and present an attractive frontage onto the road; and
- archaeological site of medieval church and graveyard at Ballyphilip.
The area identified reflects the area of medieval and post medieval settlement around a long used natural harbour where, on the basis of current knowledge, it is likely that archaeological remains will be encountered in the course of development.
Prevailing regional policy for the protection of historic parks, gardens and demesnes is set out in Planning Policy Statement 6 (PPS6): Planning, Archaeology and the Built Heritage. Additional information about the site is contained in the Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s Register of Parks, Gardens and Demesnes of Special Historic Interest.