Ards and Down Area Plan 2015
Down District: Shrigley
Shrigley developed as a mill village on the banks of the River Dibney is an outlier of Killyleagh. The construction of its own mill by John Martin in the early 19th century brought a century of prosperity and associated small scale expansion of the settlement.
The closure of the mill in 1931 signaled the start of a period of significant change. The unfit mill worker’s houses were replaced by a modern housing estate on the opposite side of the main road and the road was also realigned, separating the housing from the mill buildings.
Shrigley now functions as a small dormitory settlement comprising a public authority housing estate, a handful of private residences and a few industrial enterprises within the grounds of the former mill. With the exception of a small shop, it is completely dependent on Killyleagh for its services and has a local employment role.
The village is situated in a drumlin landscape, which serves as a natural envelope for development. The wooded hill slope to the north west of the existing housing is an important local landscape feature.
The Northern Ireland Landscape Character Assessment identifies the wooded ridgetop to the north west and Mill Hill to the north east as distinctive landscape settings. The elevated ground between Shrigley and Killyleagh, west of Shrigley Road towards Coily Hill also provides a distinctive landscape setting to both.
|Proposal SY 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. 3/016a, Shrigley Settlement Map.|
There has been only limited housing development over the previous Plan period and, due to its size, lack of facilities and topographical setting, only limited development is envisaged for Shrigley, located to the south of Crossgar Road.
It is considered important to retain the visual break between the village and nearby Killyleagh thereby protecting the separate identity of each settlement.
The Settlement Limit also includes the former mill and Tannery site which has the potential to provide an important source of local employment.
|HPA 1 Lands to south of Crossgar Road|
Planning applications within the Housing Policy Area will also be processed in accordance with the requirements of all prevailing planning policy.
|Proposal SY 03 Industrial Policy Area|
|The following Industrial Policy Area is designated in accordance with SETT 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 3/016a, Shrigley Settlement Map.|
|IPA 1 Lands east of Shrigley Road|
Development of the remaining lands within the site will be subject to the following Key Design Considerations:
Lands within the grounds of the former mill and tannery adjacent to Shrigley Road, currently or last used for industry are considered a suitable location for future industrial usage.
Planning applications within the Industrial Policy Area will also be processed in accordance with the requirements of all prevailing planning policy.
|Proposal SY 04 Local Landscape Policy Areas|
|The following Local Landscape Policy Areas are designated in accordance with Policy CON 2 in Volume 1 of the Plan and as indicated on Map No. 3/016a, Shrigley Settlement Map and Map No. 3/016b.|
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below.
LLPA 1 Dibney River Corridor and associated planting
- river valley, shoreline areas and important trees makes significant contribution to the landscape and setting of Killyleagh and Shrigley;
- substantially tree lined corridor – for example, poplars along the river between the two settlements and along Broad Meadows Lane are a distinguishing feature in the local landscape;
- extends to include historical planting associated with former Shrigley House (now site of the tannery) and steep slope below Killyleagh Castle as an important part of setting of the castle above and the river below;
- land adjoining river acts as physical break between built up areas of Killyleagh and Shrigley and helps maintain their separate identities; and
- offers potential to extend the existing riverside walkway and link open space and community facilities in the centre of the village with the coast and the countryside.
LLPA 2 Historical plantings and landform north of Coily Hill Road
- localised hill of strategic importance to the setting of Killyleagh and Shrigley helping to maintain their separation and separate identities; and
- comprises original parkland landscape of park/estate associated with Killyleagh Castle with historic planting.
LLPA 3 Wooded ridgetop to rear of Osborne Drive and Woodland Crescent
- important tree group - long established swathe of mature trees above housing estate forms prominent feature in the landscape and an important visual amenity within the small village; and
- affords a landscape setting and contains development on the north west side of the settlement.
There is an area of existing amenity open space and recreation space located just beyond the settlement limit at the Monument.