Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Down District: Killough
Killough is a picturesque harbour village situated on the Lecale coastline approximately 10 kilometres to the south-east of Downpatrick. It is located on the B176 Downpatrick to Killough Road and on the A2 coastal road between Strangford and Newcastle.
Killough Bay was regarded as a safe haven for shipping in the 17th century and its urban development began later in the century. It was mainly developed and laid out in the early part of the 19th century and retains much of its historical form, in particular, it’s attractive harbour and tree lined streets flanked by continuous road frontage development. It is a linear settlement with development stretching beyond Main Street to the north.
Killough was designated a Conservation Area in 1981 and benefited from an Environmental Improvement Scheme in the early nineties. It has a variety of listed buildings, including two churches, a number of private dwellings and the nearby listed Almshouses on the Rossglass Road.
The village is a small local service centre for the surrounding hinterland and to some extent a dormitory village for those employed in Downpatrick. It has two churches, a community centre, primary school, doctor’s surgery, Post Office, two shops and four public houses. There is also an area of informal amenity to the north and a playing field and playground to the west.
Killough also caters for passing tourists attracted by its natural setting within the Lecale Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, its impressive views, coastal walk and harbour. The village is located on a flat plain though the surrounding topography rises to the west and south where the windmill stump and coastguard station are significant features in the wider landscape and from the sea. The Northern Ireland Landscape Assessment highlights its sensitive landscape setting.
Northern Ireland Water proposes to upgrade Wastewater Treatment facilities for Killough with flows transferred to the upgraded Ardglass WWTW. The anticipated completion date is Spring 2011.
|Proposal KH 01 Settlement Limit|
|A Settlement Limit is designated in accordance with Policy SETT 1 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 3/013, Killough Settlement Map.|
The Settlement Limit is designated to prevent sprawl, particularly along Station Road, protect its natural setting and shoreline and the setting of Charles Shiel’s Institute, while allowing for future housing opportunities.
|HPA 1 Lands to the west of St. Anne’s Court|
|HPA 2 Lands at Church View|
|HPA 3 Lands to the north of Seaview|
Planning applications within the Housing Policy Areas will also be processed in accordance with the requirements of all prevailing planning policy.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below.
LLPA 1 St Anne’s Church and surroundings
- listed church and its wider shoreline setting including open space and undeveloped backlands which are critical as foreground in views from the north;
- listed building formerly used by the Methodist Church and its surroundings; and
- pleasant waterfront and public footpath along shore with attractive vistas across bay to Coney Island.
LLPA 2 Charles Shiel’s Institution Alms Houses
- total of 32 listed alms houses in 4 separate blocks and their surroundings including communal gardens to the south and the open field to the east as a buffer between the site and the Settlement Limit; and
- designed setting of the buildings with significant mature trees within grounds and along boundaries, also important in wider landscape terms.
LLPA 3 Windmill Stump and surroundings
- landform and localised hilltop with the ruins of a windmill stump together provide a strong landscape setting to the village and form a good visual stop to development; and
- locally important as a landmark and as part of the industrial past.
There are other areas of existing amenity open space and recreation just beyond the settlement limit and within LLPA 1 at Main Street and the Harbour.