Craigavon Area Plan 2010
Settlement Proposals: Villages & Smaller Settlements
The Plan designates settlement limits for 8 villages and 16 smaller settlements. The villages are important service centres for the surrounding rural area, providing a range of community facilities, employment and commercial services. The villages and smaller settlements play a significant role in accommodating the demand for rural living and many are under significant pressure for new housing development.
The Plan Strategy identifies the strategic role of the villages and smaller settlements and indicates the criteria to determine their future growth.
Settlement limits are designated to facilitate properly structured and appropriately scaled growth, to protect the individual character of each settlement and to constrain ribbon development and urban sprawl in the surrounding countryside (see Plan Policy SETT 1). Within some villages and smaller settlements, a number of development sites are zoned for Phase 1 housing, within which proposals will also be subject to meeting key site requirements set out in relevant settlement sections of the Plan.
A phased development land release is introduced in a number of settlements to assist in achieving this structured growth. The phasing policy is also necessary, in some circumstances, to ensure infrastructure is in place to facilitate development (see Plan Policy SETT 2).
Many of the villages and smaller settlements display individual character. In order to safeguard nature conservation and built heritage interests, and to maintain the attractiveness and amenity of the settlements, Local Landscape Policy Areas (see Plan Policy CON 2) and Areas of Townscape Character (see Plan Policy CON 5) are designated.
Where access to potential development land, within villages and smaller settlements, is limited, due to the presence of buildings or because of difficult topography, protected access points are highlighted, where appropriate, to facilitate future development (see Plan Policy SETT 3).
In some villages and smaller settlements, existing open space is identified and safeguarded by the provisions of prevailing regional planning policy. Land is zoned for open space in some villages and smaller settlements (see Plan Policy ROS 1).
A site for community/business use is zoned at The Birches (see Plan Policy COM 1).