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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.
Proposal DS 02 Housing Policy Areas
The following Housing Policy Areas are designated in accordance with Policy SETT 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 3/011, Drumaness Settlement Map. Development of the lands below will be subject to the following Key Design Considerations:
HPA 1 Lands south east of Hillside accessed off Old Park Road
  • dwelling design and layout to reflect the character, form and materials used in the adjacent listed buildings at Hillside;
  • existing trees and landscaping to be retained and augmented by planting, using similar indigenous species. Trees required to be removed to provide a satisfactory means of access to be replaced by similar native trees;
  • existing trees and hedgerow along the south eastern boundary to be retained;
  • provision of an additional planted buffer using native species along the south western boundary of the site to ensure development integrates with the surrounding countryside;
  • access to be provided to Old Park Road, which needs to be upgraded and a footway provided towards Drumaness to be linked to the existing footway network; and
  • development proposals must take full account of the adjoining industrial area to the north east and incorporate appropriate mitigation measures, which may include landscaping, to secure an acceptable level of residential amenity and avoid impeding the operation and potential expansion of existing businesses in that industrial area.
PA 2 Lands to the South of Cumber Road and Cumber Park
  • the access between Cumber Park and Cumber Road to be upgraded to provide a right turn facility;
  • the construction of a footway along the site frontage, linking to existing footway within the village;
  • the provision of a well-designed landscape planting belt using native species along the outer boundaries to ensure a well defined edge to development and that buildings integrate with the open countryside; and
  • a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare.
Planning applications within the Housing Policy Areas above will also be processed in accordance with the requirements of prevailing planning policy.
Proposal DS 03 Local Landscape Policy Areas
The following Local Landscape Policy Areas are designated in accordance with Policy CON 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 3/011, Drumaness 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 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.
Proposal DS 04 Existing Amenity Open Space and Recreation
The following areas of existing amenity open space and recreation are designated in accordance with Planning Policy Statement 8 (PPS 8): Open Space, Sport and Outdoor Recreation and as indicated on Map No. 3/011, Drumaness Settlement Map.

Active Open Space

  • Mill Road: Playground
  • Drumaness Road: Playing Fields
  • Cushowen Place: Playground
  • Cumber Road: Playground

Amenity Open Space

  • Mill Road: Recreation Area
  • Cushowen Place: Kickabout/Recreation Area
  • Cumber Road: Recreation Area
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