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Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Countryside & Coast Rural Landscape Wedges

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The following Rural Landscape Wedges (NY 03 – NY 04) are designated as identified on Map No. 1 – Newtownabbey Countryside to distinguish and maintain the separate identities of Ballyclare, Ballyeaston and Hillhead.
All applications in this area will be determined in accordance with prevailing regional Green Belt policy currently contained in the Rural Strategy, Policy COU 2 and where applicable Policy ENV 2 and Policy ENV 3 as contained in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan
Designation NY 03 Rural Landscape Wedge Ballyeaston  
A Rural Landscape Wedge is designated between Ballyclare and Ballyeaston as identifed on Map No. 1 - Newtownabbey Countryside.
The designated Rural Landscape Wedge will:
  • Distinguish and maintain the separate identities of Ballyclare and Ballyeaston;
  • Prevent the merging of the two settlements;
  • Provide an important element in defining and protecting the setting of Ballyeaston and Ballyclare; and
  • Maintain the rural character of the countryside.
The Rural Landscape Wedge is primarily used for agricultural purposes and as a countryside recreation resource. The settings and views of listed buildings and monuments are protected as the western portion of the Landscape wedge has been designated as a Local Landscape Policy Area (LLPA) due to its significant amenity value.
Designation NY 04 Rural Landscape Wedge Ballyclare  
A Rural Landscape Wedge is designated between Ballyclare and Hillhead as identified on Map No. 1 - Newtownabbey Countryside.
The Rural Landscape Wedge will:
  • Distinguish and maintain the separate identities of Ballyclare and Hillhead;
  • Prevent the merging of the two settlements;
  • Provide an important element in defining and protecting the setting of Ballyclare and Hillhead; and
  • Maintain the rural character of the countryside.
The wedge is predominantly agricultural with the area beyond the north west boundary zoned for industrial use. A Local Landscape Policy Area (LLPA) is designated on the land adjacent to the south west boundary.
A Rural Landscape Wedge is also designated between Jordanstown, Metropolitan Newtownabbey and Greenisland. This will distinguish and maintain the separate identities of Greenisland and Jordanstown by forming a visual break between the two urban areas, prevent the merging of the two communities, define and protect their setting and maintain the rural character of the countryside. The majority of this Rural Landscape Wedge lies within Carrickfergus Borough Council Area and is designated accordingly in the Carrickfergus District Proposals, Volume 4 (Reference CE 04).
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