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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Introduction: Plan Objectives

  • to facilitate sustainable patterns of growth and development throughout the Plan area in accordance with the sustainability related strategic objectives of the RDS;
  • to promote Newtownards and Downpatrick as main towns within Northern Ireland and to strengthen their role as the principal administrative, trade, employment and residential centres within the Plan area;
  • to allocate land for additional housing development over the Plan period in accordance with the strategic objectives and guidelines contained in the RDS relating to managing future housing growth, the distribution of housing and the drive for greater housing provision within existing urban areas;
  • to facilitate appropriate development within existing urban areas that will promote urban renaissance, create ease of access to services and community facilities, and to maximise the use of existing infrastructure;
  • to promote compact urban forms that respect the individual character and identity of settlements, avoid urban sprawl and conserve the countryside;
  • to facilitate economic development and the creation of employment, taking into account the Government Strategy on Anti-Poverty and Social Exclusion in Northern Ireland;
  • to facilitate integration between land-use planning and transportation in order to reduce congestion and the need for car journeys and to encourage a shift to more sustainable modes of transport, in particular walking and cycling;
  • to promote vital and viable town centres;
  • to protect and enhance the character, quality and biodiversity of natural and man-made environments; and
  • to facilitate the promotion of equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different religions belief, political opinion or racial group.
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