Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Down District: Drumaness
Drumaness is approximately 5 kilometres to the south of Ballynahinch, adjacent to the main A24 Belfast to Newcastle road.
It developed as a mill village in 1850, with the opening of a spinning mill on the banks of the River Cumber. The village lost its employment role in 1968 following the closure of the mill and today it is largely a commuter settlement with a local service role.
Drumaness contains a limited range of services and shops and provides a variety of recreation opportunities within or adjacent to its Settlement Limit. Drumaness Primary School and the Church of Christ the King are situated on the Drumsnade Road on the opposite side of the Newcastle Road, approximately 0.5 kilometres south west of the village.
The settlement has experienced considerable growth over the past two decades.
The centre of the village has a distinctive appearance with listed terraces of mill buildings, alleyways, courtyards and a millpond. The Dan Rice Memorial Hall, now used as a community centre, is a listed building.
|Proposal DS 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. 3/011, Drumaness Settlement Map.|
The designated Settlement Limit protects the natural setting of the village and provides opportunities for expansion. The village is situated in a drumlin landscape with a high drumlin to the south west, which conceals the settlement from the main Newcastle Road and forms an effective visual limit to development. The Cumber River plain, which is subject to flooding, provides a natural limit to the east.
The Settlement Limit includes existing housing areas and lands currently used for industry, open space and recreation. It includes housing land developed since the outset of the Plan period together with additional housing land.
|HPA 1 Lands south east of Hillside accessed off Old Park Road|
|PA 2 Lands to the South of Cumber Road and Cumber Park|
Planning applications within the Housing Policy Areas above will also be processed 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 River, mill ponds and mill workers houses
- distinctive character of settlement is derived from the combination of former mill buildings, pond and river in the centre of the village;
- 3 rows of listed former mill workers houses at Riverside Cottages and The Green and row of listed mill workers houses and their gardens at Red Row;
- listed Dan Rice Memorial Recreation Hall and railings (now used as a Community Centre);
- river corridor and mill ponds provide local nature conservation interest; and
- area of local amenity importance with potential for environmental improvement to further enhance its recreation value.
LLPA 2 Landform to SW of Drumaness
- prominent localised hill and ridgeline to south west of village topped by mature trees forms backdrop of steeply rising land, contains development and provides a distinctive landscape setting to the village;
- large house “The Hill” surrounded by important trees on ridgeline is important local landscape feature;
- listed red brick terrace of former mill workers houses at Hillside; and
- listed house “Harmony Hill” and remains of its designed setting including outbuildings and significant trees and woodland areas.
LLPA 3 Landform between Drumaness and Newcastle Road
- distinct landform and localised hill provides separation and screening to the village; and
- undeveloped slopes comprise landscape setting especially when viewed from Newcastle Road.