Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Down District: Saintfield (Page 1 of 3)
the A7, approximately 18 kilometres from both Downpatrick and Belfast.
Originally an early 17th century settlement, from which the parish church survives, the present village form of Saintfield dates back to the early 18th century and the establishment of linen manufacturing and other trades by the Price family. The village had a number of corn, flour and flax mills, the remains of which are visible today, and retained a tradition of textile manufacture through Saintfield Yarns until its closure in late 2003. The architectural and historic significance of its village centre is reflected in its designation as a Conservation Area in 1997.
Regular markets and fairs were held throughout Saintfield’s history and today it remains a busy service centre for the surrounding rural area. Saintfield still hosts a large number of local traders and is a specialist centre for antiques. Saintfield Saintfield also functions as a commuter village with considerable pressure for housing development. The village has now expanded considerably to the south west along the Ballynahinch Road and south along Crossgar Road and Listooder Road.
The village is situated within the typical County Down drumlin landscape and its natural setting places significant constraints on future growth. The heavily wooded and parkland landscape of Saintfield Demesne provides Saintfield with a distinctive landscape setting to the north as identified by the Northern Ireland Landscape Character Assessment, while the wooded grounds and formal gardens of Rowallane provide an attractive visual stop and setting to the south. Windmill Hill to the east is a significant visual feature and Town Hill is an important feature in the local landscape and historic townscape.
|Proposal SD 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. 3/015a, Saintfield Settlement Map.|
The designated Settlement Limit is drawn to allow additional development opportunities while protecting the natural setting of the village.
Saintfield has experienced considerable growth over the past decade. The Settlement Limit includes lands developed since the commencement of the preparation of the Plan. It also includes lands developed for light industrial use, warehousing and other commercial uses adjoining the sewage works and accessed from Windmill Road and Belfast Road.
|HPA 1 Lands between Lisburn Road and Middle Road|
|HPA 2 Lands adjoining Belfast Road and Todd’s Hill|
|HPA 3 Lands to west of Old Grand Jury Road|