Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Down District: Downpatrick Housing (Page 1 of 4)
In line with its regional strategic role as a main town, it is considered appropriate and in conformity with the RDS that Downpatrick should accommodate a substantial portion of the District housing figure. In this way it is intended to reverse trends that have prevented Downpatrick from realising its potential as the District Town. The Plan seeks to create the critical mass required to support industrial, commercial and service levels appropriate to Downpatrick’s status as a Main Town, whilst reducing pressures for housing development in the rural area.
An additional 3100 housing units will be required in Downpatrick over the Plan period. A total of 141.41 hectares of housing land has been identified in the Plan under Proposal HOU 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan, of which 118.97 hectares are identified as Phase 1 housing land. Sites included in Phase 1 are intended to ensure the efficient use of existing urban capacity lands, the provision of the necessary infrastructure to enable the proper development of the remaining housing lands and choice in the housing market and include existing commitments.
The Plan also proposes 22.44 hectares as Phase 2 housing land.This land will be held in reserve in accordance with Proposal HOU 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan, until the completion of the distributor road as part of Phase 1 lands.
Sites have been selected to ensure minimum impact on the environment. These lands will be developed in accordance with all prevailing regional planning policy on housing as referred to in the preamble to the housing policies in the Plan and with the relevant policies of the Plan. In addition, key design considerations are provided for each site in accordance with Planning Policy Statement 7 (PPS 7): Quality Residential Environments which should be taken into account in the preparation of development proposals. These key design considerations may include infrastructure requirements and/or requirements for local neighbourhood facilities. A map is provided for some of the larger sites to illustrate the area which the Concept Master Plan or indicative concept plan required under PPS 7 should cover, to enable the comprehensive development of zoned housing lands.
Development of a number of key sites is dependent on the provision of a new link road between Ardglass Road and Strangford Road. Phase 1 and Phase 2 housing lands are indicated on Map No. 3/002a, Downpatrick Settlement Map.