Craigavon Area Plan 2010
Settlement Proposals: The Birches
The Birches lies close to junction 12 on the M1 Motorway, to the west of the Borough (see Map No. 29). Two parts to the settlement can be distinguished, that at Robinstown Road, centred on a Northern Ireland Housing Executive Estate and a school, and that part adjacent to the M1 junction. There are topographical and infrastructural constraints to significant further development at The Birches.
Single dwelling units of an appropriate design will normally be permitted on suitable sites within the settlement limit, provided the proposal does not prejudice the comprehensive development of adjacent land. Housing development will normally be permitted, provided the scale, layout and detailed design of the development are compatible with the scale and character of the settlement.
Development proposals for land within the settlement limit will be assessed in accordance with Plan Policy SETT 1 and other relevant policies contained within the Plan.
An Area of Archaeological Potential is identified to the north of the settlement. This site may contain archaeological remains and, therefore, developers should note that the provisions of Planning Policy Statement 6: Planning, Archaeology and the Built Heritage, Policy BH3 will apply to this site.
A site to the southeast of the settlement is zoned for community/business use, (i.e. uses specified within Use Classes 3, 4 and 15 of the Planning (Use Classes) Order (Northern Ireland) 1989, as amended). Proposals to develop the site for such uses will be required to provide the following:
- a foul sewer pumping station;
- a footway link to the Birches Road;
- satisfactory arrangements for parking and access; and
- appropriate layout and landscaping to provide for a buffer to the M1 Motorway to reduce the impact of noise.
A small area adjacent to, and north of, the primary school is zoned for open space.