Craigavon Area Plan 2010
Settlement Proposals: Dollingstown
Dollingstown is situated to the east of the Borough, approximately 1km from Lurgan, on the main Lurgan to Belfast Road (see Map No. 9). The village has grown significantly in the last decade and now comprises a number of local retail/business outlets and a considerable industrial base, including the Lurgan Fibre factory outlet on the periphery of the settlement. This growth has almost closed the gap between the village and Lurgan urban area, and Dollingstown now functions as a dormitory settlement. Despite its proximity to Lurgan, there is still some evidence of village character and, importantly, strong community support to keep the settlement separate from Lurgan. Maintaining this distinction from Lurgan, as well as road infrastructural constraints and landscape quality, limits the scope for further development to the west of the village. Topographical features, landscape quality and a hazardous substances cordon for the Lurgan Fibre factory limits further development to the north, south and east of the village.
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.
A Local Landscape Policy Area (LLPA) is designated at Beech Park on Dromore Road, to the south of Dollingstown. Dollingstown developed during the 19th Century as an industrial village, originally as a linear settlement fronting the main Lurgan to Belfast road. The LLPA includes Beech Park House, a listed, late Georgian building, in a modest, designed park, with fine boundary planting, and Rathmore House in its mature, planted setting and associated roadside planting on the opposite side of Dromore Road. The LLPA is designated to protect the surroundings of the listed building, the planned landscape, the important tree groups and landscape and visual amenity of the area.
Policy for the control of development in the LLPA is set out in Plan Policy CON 2 and CON 3 in Part 2 of the Plan.