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Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
Newtownabbey Appendix 2: Urban Design Key Design Criteria

1.  Building Height
A New buildings shall be designed so that heights of eaves, cornices, ridge heights and storey heights conform to those in the adjoining buildings or (where relevant) as set out under specified height restrictions.
B New buildings shall not exceed 3 storeys in height.
2.  Density/Building Footprint
A New dwellings shall be detached or semi-detached.  Terraced, town house or apartment developments will not normally be permitted.
B The size, plot ratio and ratio of footprint to open space in new developments shall be compatible with those of the historic character and appearance in the immediate neighbourhood.
C All new or replacement structures on a site shall be located so that the relationship between the existing buildings and the site boundary is retained.
3.  Landscape quality
A Development shall not include the removal of trees and areas of soft landscaping between the building line and the boundary of the road or footway.
B Development shall not include removal of front garden areas and/or traditional front boundary structures.
C Hedging or other boundary treatment in new developments shall be in keeping with those traditionally used in the area.
4.  Uniformity of design/layout
A New or replacement buildings shall replicate existing forms, layout, materials and detailing of the buildings within the area.
B Alterations and extensions shall use the same wall and roofing materials as those of the main building.
C The same standards of detailing and design will be applied to all development whether on the street frontage or to the rear of the buildings and whether exposed to or hidden from public view.
D Facing brick shall not be used in finishes except in chimney stacks and shop window openings shall be retained.
E Development shall not include new side extensions to dwellings.
5.  Townscape Quality/Detailing
A Extensions and alteration works to the rear of terraces shall be subordinate in character to the main building on the street frontage and will be no more than 2 storeys high.
B New works shall not disrupt the existing silhouette of a roof.
C External finishes shall reflect the style and materials in the area and shal not include the used artificial stonework or pebble dash.
D Replacement windows shall be the same size, shape and style as those traditionally used in the area.
E Brick detailing around doors and windows shall be retained.
F New dormer windows shall be located on the rear roof elevation.  In exceptional cases where a dormer is required on the front roof elevation it shall be of pitched design and in scale with the existing building and its fenestration.
G Fire escapes shall be provided within the existing building envelope.  Otherwise, they shall be provided on rear elevations and every attempt shall be made to ensure that they are not visible from the public street.
H Natural slate or dark grey smooth concrete titles shall be used as a roofing material.
6.  Historic buildings and structures
A Existing historic structures located behind the principal premises that form the street frontage shall be retained.
B The retention of existing historic ancillary structures shall take precedence over the requirements for additional vehicle access.
C The enlargement of existing ground floor windows and door openings in street facades shall be carried out in a traditional manner.
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