Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Down District: Bryansford
|Proposal BD 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. 3/023, Bryansford Settlement Map.|
The designated Settlement Limit has been drawn to protect Bryansford’s unique landscape setting including undeveloped lands to the south, which afford views towards the Mourne Mountains and Tollymore Forest Park, to exclude the existing caravan park and to provide a number of opportunities for housing development.
Interim sewage disposal measures or development phasing may be necessary for future housing schemes until such time as the Waste Water Treatment Works serving Bryansford is complete and fully operational.
|Proposal BD 02 Local Landscape Policy Areas|
|The following Local Landscape Policy Areas are designated in accordance with Policy CON 2 and as indicated on Map No. 3/023, Bryansford Settlement Map and the relevant Down Countryside Map.|
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below.
LLPA 1 Lands to SE of Bryansford Village
- area affords attractive vistas across open fields with traditional stone walls to the Mourne Mountains and thereby provides a unique landscape setting to the small settlement; and
- comprises a buffer between Settlement Limit and Tollymore Park – a registered demesne and open to the public as a Forest Park.
LLPA 2 Kilcoo Parish Church and surroundings
- listed buildings and their surroundings, tree groups and stream and banks collectively provide a setting and help retain the character of the settlement;
- listed church, walls and gates etc. and associated graveyard and open field down to road as part of the setting of the listed building;
- two private dwellings with mature trees and vegetation along their boundaries provide an attractive outlook onto the road;
- listed dwelling on Village Lane and surrounding mature gardens;
- important stand of trees behind Roden Court development and continuing along banks of stream; and
- stream forming wildlife corridor linking to Tollymore Forest Park.
The character, appearance and key features of the designated area, and the basis for its designation as an Area of Townscape Character derives from:
- the existing layout and natural setting , in particular the exceptional view towards the Mourne Mountains and Irish Sea;
- the internal local landscaping features;
- the architectural consistency of the core buildings including the estate buildings, the cottages, the old schools, shops, offices and churches, in particular their unity of style, scale and materials; and
- the double sided Gate Screen, the most influential of the key buildings. It represents the link between village and demesne. The combination is a feature unique to this historic settlement.
Bryansford was the estate village of the Roden family’s demesne at Tolllymore. Whilst village and estate share a common legacy, the former developed informally along Hilltown Road and the latter is now a publicly owned Country Park. The earliest dateable building, the Church of Ireland (1712) in Tudor Gothic style, set the consistent stylistic flavour for the subsequent development of the historic village.
The designated area envelopes the western end of the village ‘street’ where the strength of the historic associations and traditional architectural qualities are very much in evidence. Development proposals should be in keeping with the overall historic built form of the small settlement in terms of layout, scale, massing and materials. In matters of style, proportions and detailing contemporary or traditional solutions may be acceptable but in either case inspiration should be sought from the core or key buildings and other artefacts of the settlement. The protection of the landscape both within and adjacent to the small settlement and the fundamental relationship of the latter with the demesne, is of paramount importance if the distinctive qualities and character of Bryansford are to be sustained.