Craigavon Area Plan 2010
Introduction: Plan Area
The Plan relates to the administrative area of Craigavon Borough Council, an area of approximately 260 square kilometres, with an estimated population of 80,671 (2001 Census). Craigavon Urban Area, comprising the traditional towns of Lurgan and Portadown and the New Town development at Brownlow, has a population of 56,568 (2001 Census), while the villages and smaller settlements have an estimated population of approximately 12,045.
Craigavon is one of the largest urban centres in Northern Ireland. Its designation as a new town in the late 1960s has been a major influence on the scale and nature of its development. The Borough has an urban focus, with around 70% of the population living within Craigavon Urban Area, and a strong industrial base. The rural area is characterised by diverse landscapes ranging from the lowland bogs of the Lough Neagh shore, to the orchard country in the southwest and the drumlin landscape in the southeast. The Upper River Bann, which flows through the Borough, has a major influence on development patterns within its catchment.