Dungannon and South Tyrone Area Plan 2010
Settlement limits are designated for 31 villages. The principle of drawing a settlement limit around each village is partly to promote and partly to contain new development within that limit and so maintain the clear distinction between countryside and built-up area. This will help facilitate properly structured and appropriately scaled local growth, protect the individual character of each settlement and constrain ribbon development and urban sprawl in the surrounding countryside.
The villages vary greatly in size and form with the villages of Augher, Aughnacloy, Ballygawley, Benburb, Caledon, Castlecaulfield, Clogher, Donaghmore, Fivemiletown and Moy generally providing a greater range of facilities and services.
Land subject to flooding is described where relevant for each settlement. This will need to be taken into account in any development proposals and may restrict the development potential of land in its vicinity. The advice of Rivers Agency should be sought.
Many of the villages display considerable character. In order to safeguard nature conservation and built heritage interests and to maintain their attractiveness and amenity, a number of measures and proposals are adopted and are identified on the settlement maps:
- Areas of Townscape Character are designated in those places that have a distinct character based on their historic form (see Plan Policy CON 5);
- Local Landscape Policy Areas are designated in those locations with intrinsic environmental value (see Plan Policy CON 2);
- areas of recreation and open space are designated (see Plan Policy ROS 1);
- Areas of Archaeological Potential are designated in Augher, Ballygawley, Caledon, Carnteel, Castlecaulfield, Clogher, Donaghmore and Newmills (see Plan Policy CON 3); and
- Areas of Constraint on Mineral Developments are designated (see Plan Policy MN 1).