Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Policy Framework: Site Densities
Site densities are specified in line with the requirements of prevailing regional policy and in response to specific site circumstances. A minimum site density has been specified as part of the specific Key Design Guidelines for Urban Capacity Sites and Greenfield sites within the main and large towns of Newtownards, Comber, Donaghadee in Ards and Downpatrick, Ballynahinch and Newcastle in Down and in each village throughout the Plan area. This is to ensure the optimum use of land and to achieve housing targets identified for each settlement in the Plan.
A maximum site density is also stipulated for each greenfield site within the Main and Large towns only. This is to minimise the potential for significant divergence between the Plan housing allocation framework and the RDS strategic objectives. In considering applications for housing on such sites other prevailing regional policy requirements will also be material considerations. A maximum density has not been set for urban capacity lands.