Cookstown Area Plan 2010
Settlements: Dispersed Rural Community
Broughderg and Davagh Upper
A Dispersed Rural Community (DRC) is designated at Broughderg and Davagh Upper. The DRC is located in the northwest of the District within the Sperrin Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), within an Area of Constraint on Mineral Developments and an Area of Significant Archaeological Interest (See Map Nos. 1, 27 and 62). Other environmental assets located within the DRC are shown on Map No. 2.
The development pattern in the area varies considerably. To the north of Broughderg Road, the landscape is dominated by upland moorland with few occupied dwellings. However, south of the road the land becomes more arable and there are a number of dwellings scattered throughout the area. St Mary's Church, currently disused, and the post office form a locally significant focal point on Broughderg Road. There is also a public house in the area.
Housing within the DRC will be regulated in accordance with the provisions of prevailing regional planning policy and in the light of the guidance given below. In the vicinity of Beaghmore Stone Circles, these policies will be reinforced by the application of Policy BH 1-The Preservation of Archaeological Remains of Regional Importance and their Settings, in Planning Policy Statement 6 (PPS 6): Planning, Archaeology and the Built Heritage.
New development and individual dwellings should be located on sites that visually integrate into the landscape. Proposals should be designed in a manner that is in keeping with the vernacular traditions of the Sperrin AONB.
Clusters of development should have an informal layout reflecting a clachan style and should not take the form of a suburban type layout typical of urban locations. Individual buildings, including those within clusters, should normally be simple in form, avoiding ornate front projections, and should be modest in scale whilst conforming to the following guidance:
- external finishes should be white or off-white roughcast or smooth render with dark blue/black slates or non-profiled tiles;
- window and door openings should have a pronounced vertical emphasis formed in the actual block work rather than by the use of glazing bars; and
- wide gable ends in association with low roof pitches should be avoided, with preference being given to buildings normally not more than 7.5 metres wide and with roof pitches not less than 40 degrees.
Clusters of development will normally be located close to the existing focal point on the Draperstown Road. Proposals for non residential development will be assessed in accordance with the provisions of prevailing regional planning policy.