Dungannon and South Tyrone Area Plan 2010
Benburb is located approximately 16 kilometres south of Dungannon (see Map No. 69). The village has considerable character based on the attractive terraces on the northern side of Main Street and the mature wooded setting of the River Blackwater and Servite Priory to the south.
An Area of Townscape Character is designated in the centre of the village, based on the quality of the built heritage. The design of development proposals within this area should be in keeping with the historic built form in terms of scale, form, massing, design detailing and materials.
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated to the south of Main Street along the River Blackwater to help protect the recreational, historical, conservation and landscape interests of the area. The substantially wooded landscape provides a verdant edge to the village and contains a number of historic buildings and the remains of Benburb Castle.
Single dwellings of an appropriate design will normally be acceptable 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.
In order to reinforce local identity, all residential proposals should be guided and informed by the historic built forms displayed within the designated Area of Townscape Character in the village. Standard suburban layouts or the use of designs and materials unrelated to the traditional village character will not be acceptable.