Derry Area Plan 2011
Villages and Small Settlements: Park
Park is located in the Sperrin foothills at a narrow point in the upper Faughan valley some 24 kilometres south east of Londonderry. Park is a relatively isolated settlement and does not experience development pressures associated with other commuter settlements close to Londonderry. Some facilities such as the primary school lie on the edge of the village whilst others such as St. Mary’s Church and community hall are further removed from the village centre and lie outside the proposed development limit.
The Department has defined a development limit within which small scale development and further expansion of the settlement will be accommodated. A part of the already approved land remains to be developed and the Department considers that some additional development land can be zoned without detriment to the character and scale of the village. The major additional areas are:
- a 0.5 ha site bounded by the Altinure and Monadore roads. Access will be permitted via Monadore Road;
- a 1.4 ha site bounded on the south by the Monadore Road and the northern boundary defines the village limit. Access will be permitted via Monadore Road subject to any necessary infrastructural works being carried out by the developer. Existing vegetation and landscape features on this site shall be retained as far as practicable. The elevated area in the south east corner shall be reserved for tree planting;
- a 2.0 ha site located immediately west of Sycamore Heights and south of Laurel Hill. Access will be permitted via Tireighter Road.
The Department designates 2 areas of open space recreation use within the village. These are located north and south of the River Faughan adjacent to Park Bridge. Proposals for development in these areas will be judged against Policy R1.
The Department defines an Area of Local Nature Conservation and Amenity Importance adjacent to the village. Proposals for development in this area will be judged against Policy ENV 4. This area is designated to protect the following features considered to be of greatest local amenity value:
- the area around Learmount Parish Church and associated woodland.