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Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Ards Borough: Ballywalter (Page 1 of 2)

Ballywalter is a coastal village on the eastern side of the Ards Peninsula, 17 kilometres from Newtownards and 9 kilometres south of Millisle. It is both an important service centre for the local area, providing a wide range of facilities and an established recreational area.
It has a range of shops as well as 2 churches, community facilities, a large recreational area and a medical centre. The harbour area and the adjacent picnic area and amenity space are important tourist assets.
Its coastal location provides an attractive setting for the village. In the Northern Ireland Landscape Character Assessment, Windmill Hill is noted as being a local landmark and the wooded estate at Ballywalter Park to the south, is recorded as a distinctive landscape setting. Both, together with the mature trees to the north, provide enclosure and serve as gateways to the village.
Proposal BR 01 Settlement Limit
A Settlement Limit is designated for the village in accordance with Policy SETT 1 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 2/008a, Ballywalter Settlement Map
The designated Settlement Limit has been drawn to protect the setting of the village and to provide a compact settlement form. It includes development lands between Dunover Road and Stump Road, the new builders merchants complex and an adjacent approved housing site on the Greyabbey Road. The designated limit also includes lands at the former Albion factory which are currently being developed for housing. There has been considerable new house building in the village in recent years. It would not be appropriate to further extend the Settlement Limit of the village ahead of the development of lands within the existing urban footprint.
Proposal BR 02 Housing Policy Areas
The following Housing Policy Areas are designated in accordance with SETT 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 2/008a, Ballywalter Settlement Map. Development of these lands will be subject to the following Key Design Considerations:
HPA 1 Land at Greyabbey Road adjacent to the builders merchants
  • access arrangements and dwelling layout to be designed to ensure houses front onto Greyabbey Road and any future internal access roads;
  • the existing boundary treatment, particularly that adjacent to the builders merchants, to be reinforced with additional landscaping using suitable native species; and
  • existing boundary wall along the southern boundary of the site to be retained and appropriate measures to be taken during construction works to ensure its protection.
HPA 2 Land between Stump Road and Dunover Road, adjacent to Brookfield Drive and Dunover Park
  • provision of a satisfactory access to serve the site from Stump Road and Dunover Park;
  • Stump Road widened to 5.5 metres along the entire site frontage and a public footway to be provided to link the site to the existing footway on Main Street;
  • an archaeological evaluation of the site to be carried out prior to the commencement of any development;
  • design of access arrangements and dwelling layout to ensure that future houses front internal access roads;
  • the design of the dwellings and the layout of the development must have regard for the privacy and residential amenity of adjacent householders;
  • all hedges and trees within the site boundaries to be retained and supplemented with additional landscaping using appropriate native species; and
  • there is evidence of badger activity within this site. A badger survey must therefore be carried out and the findings submitted as part of any planning application.
Planning applications within all the Housing Policy Areas above will be also be processed in accordance with the requirements of all prevailing policy.
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