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Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Metropolitan Newtownabbey

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Metropolitan Newtownabbey is located between the shoreline of Belfast Lough, the Antrim Hills to the west and the Carrickfergus Escarpment and Knockagh Monument to the north and east. It includes Glengormley, Carnmoney, Monkstown, Jordanstown, Whiteabbey, Whitehouse and Greencastle.
It’s location within the BMA creates opportunities for the promotion of public transport, as well as the additional use of infrastructure, services and facilities available in the Belfast and Carrickfergus areas.
Designation MNY 01 Metropolitan Development Limit (Newtownabbey)
A portion  of the Metropolitan Development Limit is designated in the Newtownabbey District as identified on Map. 2a - Metropolitan Newtownabbey
The Metropolitan Development Limit encloses the entire Contiguous Development Zone and, in addition to the portion within Newtownabbey Borough, extends into the neighbouring council areas of Belfast and Carrickfergus as well as North Down, Castlereagh and Lisburn.
The portion of the Metropolitan Development Limit within Newtownabbey Borough is designated to prevent suburban sprawl and urban impingement into the open countryside. The opportunity for outward expansion is constrained by the coast to the east, elevated land and high quality landscapes to the north and west of the Metropolitan Area.
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