Cookstown Area Plan 2010
Introduction: Plan Strategy
The Plan Strategy is to:
- promote Cookstown as a key service centre within Northern Ireland and strengthen its role as the principal administrative, trade, employment and residential centre within the District;
- retain and provide development opportunities for shops, services, leisure activities and mixed use development within the town centre where they will contribute to its overall vitality and viability and are accessible to all members of the community by a variety of means of transport;
- concentrate large-scale land use zonings within Cookstown, using a sequential and phased approach, particularly for housing that gives priority to development within the existing urban area;
- protect and extend existing industrial and business areas where they are within easy access of the urban population and will not have a significant adverse impact on the environment or local amenity;
- maintain and consolidate the role of the District’s villages as local service centres providing development opportunities for housing, employment and leisure activities in keeping with the scale and character of individual settlements;
- identify, define and designate areas of conservation interest, both natural and man-made, across the District and those areas of local landscape and townscape importance in the settlements;
- sustain a living and working countryside whilst protecting, from inappropriate development, those areas that are vulnerable to development pressure or that are visually or environmentally sensitive; and
- facilitate development in rural locations in line with prevailing regional planning policy.
The Plan will implement this strategy through a series of policies and proposals that are in accordance with the Department’s current strategic and regional planning policies. These are to be found in Parts 2 and 3 of the Plan.