Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Down District: Ardglass
Ardglass is an attractive coastal village on the B1 Ardglass to Downpatrick Road, approximately 11 kilometres to the south east of Downpatrick.
It developed as a fishing port by virtue of its location on the eastern seaboard of the Lecale and its siting by a natural inlet. It has one of the few harbours which is accessible at all states of the tide and today has two fishing piers, the North Pier and South Pier, a number of fish processing factories and a marina.
The village is a commuter centre for workers in Downpatrick and Belfast, a seaside resort and a local service centre providing housing and a variety of shops and services which are mainly concentrated in Castle Place, Quay Street, Kildare Street and Bath Street.
A Conservation Area was designated in Ardglass in 1996, focused on its early 19th Century street pattern. The village has 8 archaeological sites within the Settlement Limit and another 2 archaeological sites at nearby Ardtole. There are a number of listed properties located on Castle Place, Kildare Street and The Crescent. St Nicholas’ Church, King’s Castle, Ardglass Castle, Isabella Tower, the disused railway station, the North Pier and the inner Dock are also listed.
The settlement is situated on a low hill, Green Hill which is quite prominent in the local landscape, particularly from the west and south west. It is located between two headlands referred to in the Northern Ireland Character Assessment as providing a landscape setting for the village. Isabella Tower is a significant local landmark.
Northern Ireland Water proposes to upgrade Waste Water Treatment facilities for Ardglass with an anticipated completion date of Spring 2011.
|Proposal AS 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. 3/006, Ardglass Settlement Map.|
The designated Settlement Limit is drawn to protect the setting of the village, including its shoreline, while providing opportunities to develop its local service role. In addition to sites remaining undeveloped at the outset of the Plan period, the development limit also includes additional housing land.
Ardglass has a strong tradition in the fishing industry and provision is made for the expansion of its related activities and employment opportunities. The designated Settlement Limit includes sites identified for industry. The sites are required to meet the employment needs of the local area and no other purpose.
|HPA 1 Lands to the north of Ashdale Gardens, Crew Hill Gardens and Whiterock Drive|
A total of 12 houses may be accessed through the existing Whiterock Drive. This site includes 25 dwellings constructed since the commencement of the preparation of the Plan.
|HPA 2 Lands south of Green Road and west of Cedar Grove|
|HPA 3 Lands off Strangford Road|
Planning applications within these Housing Policy Areas will also be considered in accordance with prevailing planning policy.
|IPA 1 Lands off Downpatrick Road|
Planning applications within the Industrial Policy Area above will also be considered in accordance with the requirements of prevailing planning policy.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below.
LLPA 1 King’s Castle and adjoining grounds
- listed 19th century King’s Castle building and its walled setting, gardens and listed entrance gates situated near the centre of the historic settlement;
- localised hill – castle has prominent location overlooking the harbours and is a highly significant silhouette feature in the townscape and in surrounding countryside; and
- mature trees and vegetation surrounding the modern bungalow and the field to the north on lower ground contribute to the setting of the castle.
LLPA 2 Isabella Tower and surroundings
- listed tower on localised hill is a distinguishing landmark feature of Ardglass viewed from surrounding countryside and a prominent feature in the local landscape; and
- viewed from south and west, the topographical setting and surroundings of the listed tower are free from built development and afford uninterrupted views from Killough/Coney Island direction.
LLPA 3 St. Nicholas Parish Church and surroundings
- attractive stone built listed church building and its setting including landscaped grounds and perimeter wall and railings;
- early 19th church on earlier ecclesiastical site of archaeological importance situated near the centre of the historic settlement;
- important mature tree groups around edges of property and throughout site; and
- slender spire is a local landmark feature within the wider townscape and countryside and church occupies prominent corner site on rising ground.
|Proposal AS 05 Area of Archaeological Potential|
|An Area of Archaeological Potential is designated in accordance with Policy CON 5 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 3/006, Ardglass Settlement Map.|
The area identified reflects the area of medieval and later settlement around a historic harbour where, on the basis of current knowledge, it is likely that archaeological remains will be encountered in the course of development.