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Craigavon Area Plan 2010
Settlement Proposals: Charlestown

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Charlestown is located on the shores of Lough Neagh, at the mouth of the River Bann (see Map No. 17). The settlement is the historic location of the ferry link across the river at the Bannfoot. There is no vehicular crossing on the Bann at this point. The settlement shows evidence of being a "planned settlement" , with its wide main street flanked by terraced houses. The wide main street continues through the settlement, with the terraces giving way to allotments in use as nurseries. A church and residential properties form the nucleus of the settlement. The settlement pattern, topography of the area and infrastructural requirements, indicate that future development within the settlement should be controlled in order to consolidate the settlement's unique urban form.
Single dwelling units of an appropriate design will normally be permitted 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.
Development proposals for land within the settlement limit will be assessed in accordance with Plan Policy SETT 1 and other relevant policies contained within the Plan
Development proposals for land zoned as Phase 2 development land will be assessed in accordance with Plan Policy SETT 2.
An Area of Townscape Character is designated around the historic core of Charlestown. Charlestown is an 18th Century landlord-planned settlement, which owes its origins to the trade on Lough Neagh and local canals, as well as to the nearby Bannfoot Ferry route. The settlement is small and in a very rural setting, yet it is essentially urban in design. Its wide main street, running northeast to southwest between the old road leading to the former ferry and a local lane, is flanked by two terraces of houses with small garden plots to the rear. Beyond the houses, to the southwest, the main street is flanked by allotments, used for a small nursery business. In the mid-19th Century, a wider and more direct new road was built as a continuation of the main street, running southwest directly to the ferry.
Proposals for development within the Area of Townscape Character will be assessed in accordance with Plan Policy CON 5 and the provisions of prevailing regional planning policy.
In addition, development will not be permitted on the allotments. Appropriate extensions or minor works to existing buildings will be permitted where the scale, design and proportions of proposals are sympathetic to the characteristic urban form within the area, and compatible with the buildings and spaces within the area. Proposals for redevelopment of existing buildings may be permitted where:
  • the scale, design and proportions of the proposal is sympathetic to the characteristic urban form within the area, and compatible with the buildings and spaces within the area; and
  • the proposal does not cause the loss of features of historic and characteristic value such as the street pattern and the building line.
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