Killough Village Plan
PLACE were appointed to develop a new Village Plan for the picturesque County Down village of Killough and surrounding hinterland. The Plan was designed as a strategic document to guide and facilitate community led actions around three themes: ‘quality of life’, ‘sense of place’ and ‘a place to live and work’. The Plan also took into consideration the new functions and responsibilities of Newry, Mourne & Down District Council and the future development of a new Area Plan.
PLACE developed the Plan in partnership with local stakeholders and the community. A series of public consultation events served to increase awareness of the Plan and invited participation from local residents and businesses. Consultation events included a community mapping workshop, young persons multimedia workshop, village walk-about, photo walk and a pop-up information evening in the village car park. The events provided information, insight, and access to local knowledge that was applied to the drafting of recommendations for the Village Plan.
The draft recommendations were presented to local residents in the Community Hall as part of the annual European Heritage Open Days weekend. The final Village Plan was published in September 2014. A specific website was established (no longer operational as of PLACE closure in August 2019) which was hosted at www.killoughvillageplan.org. It was the intention that the Plan will be taken forward by the local community in partnership with statutory agencies. It was a fluid document that will be responsive to changes within the village during the lifespan of the Plan.
Developed in parallel with the Plan was an Historic Area Assessment (HAA) which together provide a comprehensive study of Killough and the surrounding area. The HAA is a tool for developing an understanding of the historic environment and evaluating how the past has influenced a landscape’s present form. The HAA identifies historic buildings, structures and character areas and provides the basis for further detailed research into the areas historic landscape, to guide and inform future development.