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Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Newtownabbey Countryside and Coast: Coast (Page 1 of 2)

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The BMA Coastal Area is identified on Map No.1 – Newtownabbey Countryside and Map No. 2a - Metropolitan Newtownabbey and is designated under Policy COU 3 in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan.
Policy for the control of development within the designated BMA Coastal Area is contained in Policy COU 4 as contained in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan.

Area of High Scenic Value

Three Areas of High Scenic Value, the Carrickfergus Escarpment, Carnmoney Hill and Belfast Basalt Escarpment are located within Newtownabbey Borough and are designated at COU 6/02, COU 6/03 and COU 6/04 in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan.
These are identified on Map No.1 – Newtownabbey Countryside and on Clarification Map No.4 – Carrickfergus Escarpment, Map No.5 - Belfast Basalt Escarpment (Volume 1), showing the full extent of the AOHSV designations which run across council and hence District Plan boundaries.

Carrickfergus Escarpment

The Carrickfergus Escarpment was identified in the Northern Ireland Landscape Character Assessment 2000 as an area of scenic quality and is designated in the Plan as an Area of High Scenic Value at COU 6/02. The majority of the Escarpment lies within Newtownabbey Borough but a small portion of the Escarpment is in Carrickfergus Borough Council Area. The Escarpment forms a magnificent backdrop to the Metropolitan Area, creating a distinctive landscape setting for the wider BMA.

Carnmoney Hill

The distinctive landform of Carnmoney Hill was identified in the Northern Ireland Landscape Character Assessment as an area of scenic quality and is designated in the Plan as an Area of High Scenic Value at COU 6/03. Carnmoney Hill, is a unique landform, surrounded by development on all sides. The Hill is a visual link between the Belfast Basalt Escarpment and Carrickfergus Escarpment and is characterised by woodland, wetland and agricultural land.

Belfast Basalt Escarpment

The distinctive landform of Belfast Basalt Escarpment was identified in the Northern Ireland Landscape Character Assessment as an area of scenic quality and is designated in the Plan as an Area of High Scenic Value at COU 6/04. The edge of the Antrim Plateau is well defined as the steep basalt scarp slope that stretches from Lisburn to Newtownabbey, providing a dramatic backdrop to the northern and western edges of Belfast.
Each of the three Areas of High Scenic Value lie within the BMA Green Belt and are identified as Areas of Constraint on Mineral Development, as designated at NY 05, in recognition of the damaging effects that mineral development could have on their local scenic quality.
Proposals will be assessed in accordance with prevailing Green Belt Policy currently set out in the Rural Strategy and in accordance with Policy COU 7, as set out in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan.
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