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Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas (LLPA's) (Page 1 of 2)

The following sites MNY 40 – MNY 55 are designated as Local Landscape Policy Areas as identified on Map No. 2a - Metropolitan Newtownabbey and clarification Map No. 2V – Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas.
These LLPAs lie within and adjoining the Metropolitan Development Limit at Newtownabbey and are considered to be of the greatest amenity value, landscape quality or local significance and must therefore be protected from undesirable or damaging development.
Policy for the control of development in Local Landscape Policy Areas is contained in Policy ENV 3 of Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan.
Designation MNY 40 Local Landscape Policy Area Abbey
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Abbey as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and clarification Map No. 2v - Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas, showing the full extent of LLPAs affecting Metropolitan Newtownabbey.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below:-
  • Archaeological sites and monuments and their surroundings – Includes an unscheduled monument site and a scheduled monument site namely, Whiteabbey Druin La Croix, a 13th century Remonstratensian Abbey; and
  • Area of local amenity importance - Open space area associated with Rush Park housing development, adjacent to the railway line.
Designation MNY 41 Local Landscape Policy Area Ballycraigy
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Ballycraigy as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey, Map No. 11 - Ballycraigy and clarification Map No. 2v - Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas, showing the full extent of LLPAs affecting Metropolitan Newtownabbey.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below:-
  • Archaeological sites and monuments and their surroundings – Includes a number of unnamed sites: 2no. circular cropmarks, a crannog (unlocated) and 2no. circular enclosures in the townland of Ballycraigy; an urn field site (OS memoir site, unlocated), urn burial site and standing stone site in Ballyvesey, and unnamed possible church site in Ballywonard and (Non-Antiquity) in the Grange of Ballyrobert;
  • Listed building and it surroundings – Sentry Hill site;
  • Area of local amenity importance – Elevated land with extensive views as far as Knockagh in the east and across lower farmland to the north and northeast; and
  • Area of local nature conservation interest – Includes well maintained pasture containing high rushes, long grasses and mature trees.
Designation MNY 42 Local Landscape Policy Area Ballymartin Water
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Ballymartin River as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and clarification Map No. 2v - Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas, showing the full extent of LLPAs affecting Metropolitan Newtownabbey.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below:-
  • Archaeological sites and monument and their surroundings – Includes an unscheduled and unnamed fortified house with earthwork defences (unlocated); and
  • Area of local amenity importance with local nature conservation interest – Includes the Ballymartin River Corridor comprising riverside vegetation.
Designation MNY 43 Local Landscape Policy Area Campbell Road/Manse Road
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Campbell Road/Manse Road as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and clarification Map No. 2v - Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas, showing the full extent of LLPAs affecting Metropolitan Newtownabbey.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below:-
  • Archaeological sites and monuments and their surroundings – Includes an unscheduled and excavated unnamed rath on gently sloping ground at Ballyhenry;
  • Area of local amenity importance – Includes a formal park and Mossley Recreation Grounds which comprises a bowling green, tennis courts and pavilion, linking through to planned open space associated with housing development. A number of public pathways are found within this area; and
  • Area of local nature conservation interest – Includes a road corridor with major landscaping comprising mixed deciduous trees adjacent to Carnmoney Road and provides a wildlife haven within an expanding urban area.
Designation MNY 44 Local Landscape Policy Area Carnmoney Hill
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Carnmoney Hill as identified on Map No. 1- Newtownabbey Countryside, Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and clarification Map No. 2v - Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas, showing the full extent of LLPAs affecting Metropolitan Newtownabbey.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below:-
  • Archaeological sites and monument and their surroundings and settings – Includes a number of un-named sites : cropmark in the townland of Ballyduff; cairn in Ballyduff; souterrain and stone enclosure in Crogfern; medieval settlement and oval cropmark in Carnmoney and two rath sites, one of which is scheduled, in the townland of Dunanney. The scheduled Dunanney’s Fort site on a basaltic outcrop and the Church of Coole on the site of a medieval church and well;
  • Area of local amenity importance – Comprises Carnmoney Cemetery and Jubilee Rathfern Community Centre with associated playground along Knockenagh Avenue; and
  • Area of local nature conservation interest – A large and prominent natural topographical feature with extensive mixed tree cover (including Rathfern Wood) contributing to the landscape and visual quality of the urban area with extensive panoramic views over Belfast, Belfast Lough and Cavehill. Provides important landscape linkages to Three mile Water to the northeast and Valley Park/Glas-Na-Bradan river corridor to the south and provides a mosaic of habitats with a wealth of flora and fauna of biodiversity interest.
Designation MNY 45 Local Landscape Policy Area Glengormley Park
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Glengormley Park as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and clarification Map No. 2v - Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas, showing the full extent of LLPAs affecting Metropolitan Newtownabbey.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below:-
  • Area of local amenity importance with local nature conservation interest – Includes Glengormley Park, a formal urban park with associated bowling green, tennis courts, playground, war memorial and pavilion. Comprises open space in a high-density residential area with public pathways lined with deciduous trees.

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