CONSERVATION AREAS WITHIN THE COUNCIL AREA
The Conservation Area guides are a useful reference when bringing forward development proposals in these areas and will be used when assessing planning applications, along with all prevailing planning policy including the Strategic Planning Policy Statement and the retained policies in Planning Policy Statement 6: Planning, Archaeology and the Built Heritage (in accordance with the transitional arrangements). Any differences in the wording of the policy will be reconciled in favour of the policies in the Strategic Planning Policy Statement.
Hillsborough Conservation Area
Hillsborough is an elegant small town predominantly formed in the early 18th century by the Hill family (subsequently the Marquesses of Downshire), who encouraged linen making and development of a planned Georgian town, with a formal Square and significant public buildings such as the Castle, Fort and Court/ Market House.
The Conservation Area, originally designated in 1976, encompasses Main Street, branching off to Lisburn Street/ Ballynahinch Street to the North and Dromore Road to the South, including within it Hillsborough Castle and gardens which is under the management of Historic Royal Palaces (HRP).
Hillsborough which is considered to be a ‘jewel in the Crown’ of the council area, is distinctive and special due to a combination of the historical and physical characteristics of its built fabric, spaces and landscape features.
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Moira Conservation Area
Moira, similar to Lisburn and Hillsborough, developed as a plantation town in the 17th century. The Rawdon family, who occupied Moira Castle from 1680, were largely responsible for the construction of the principal buildings and the setting out of Main Street between 1720 and 1760. The family also established linen manufacturing and marketing which brought prosperity to the town.
Moira’s Conservation Area, originally designated in 1983, is comprised of Main Street, which is the thriving commercial centre of the town. Its Conservation Area designation seeks to maintain the existing street pattern, building lines and plot widths with the principle of near continuous street frontage maintained.
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