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Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Metropolitan Newtownabbey Urban Environment (Page 1 of 2)

Merville Garden Village Conservation Area

Designated in 1995, Merville Garden Village Conservation Area, has a pronounced northwest/southeast axis and unique layout and form. The present boundaries enclose Merville Garden Village as it was designed and built, clearly demarcating the area from its surroundings by a distinct character and appearance.
The Conservation Area is identified for information on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and Map No. 21 – Merville Garden Village Conservation Area.
Policy MNY 29 Merville Garden Village Conservation Area Additional Design Criteria
The following additional design criteria shall apply in Merville Garden Village Conservation Area:-
  • Development shall not include new side extensions to dwellings.

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The historical integrity of this area is protected in the prominent front block, facing onto the Shore Road. The ‘village’ draws much of its inspiration from the Garden City Movement combining architecture and its natural setting in a way that affords its residents a spacious environment, rich in contrasting form and colour, yet retaining a suburban intimacy.
Proposals for development within Merville Garden Village Conservation Area will be assessed in accordance with prevailing regional planning policy as currently set out in PPS 6 Planning, Archaeology and the Built Heritage, Policy UE 2 as set out in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan and design guidance contained in the Merville Garden Village Conservation Area Guide.

Areas of Townscape Character

The following Areas of Townscape Character (ATCs) MNY 30 – MNY 38 are designated in Newtownabbey, as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and on clarification Map Nos. 2c – 2k.
Policy for the control of development within the ATCs is contained in Policy UE 3 in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan.
Designation MNY 30 Area of Townscape Character Abbeyville Park
An Area of Townscape Character is designated at Abbeyville Park as identified on Map No. 2a - Metropolitan Newtownabbey and on clarification Map No. 2c – Abbeyville Park Area of Townscape Character.
Key features of the area which will be taken into account when assessing development proposals are as follows:-
  • The twenty semi-detached aluminium prefabricated dwellings at Abbeyville Park, individually set on large plots;
  • Attractive views of Carnmoney Hill from the area; and
  • Carnmoney Hill provides a complementary backdrop to the setting of trees, gardens and boundary hedges.
All proposals will be assessed against key design criteria 3A as contained in Policy UE 3 in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan (See Newtownabbey District Proposals Appendix 2).
Abbeyville Park contains some of the last remaining post-war “prefabs” in Northern Ireland which were erected around 1948 by the Belfast Rural District Council, as part of the UK Temporary Housing Programme. As a housing form the prefabricated house was an immediate success and remains so to the present time.
The prefabricated bungalow was a highly advanced product of its time. The dwellings contained modern fixtures and fittings to a plan designed to give the maximum amount of space and privacy. These houses were manufactured in factories on a production line and assembled on site, which represents one of the main tenets of 1920s/30s architectural Modern Movement.
Designation MNY 31 Area of Townscape Character Fernagh
An Area of Townscape Character is designated at Fernagh as identified on Map No. 2a - Metropolitan Newtownabbey and on clarification Map No. 2d – Fernagh Area of Townscape Character.
Key features of the area which will be taken into account when assessing development proposals are as follows:-
  • The 1949/50 housing located on sloping ground consisting of flat roofed terraces, with strong horizontal eaves lines and finished with a roughcast render; and
  • The original patterns of fenestration, consistency of external colour schemes, detailing of door hoods and window shutters, retention of side garden walls and appropriate landscaping.
All proposals will be assessed against key design criteria 4A, 4B, 4C as contained in Policy UE 3 in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan (See Newtownabbey District Proposals Appendix 2).
This is an extensive development of social housing comprising over four hundred houses built in 1949/50 by Ulster Garden Villages (Ltd). These create an ordered harmony as the terraces step down the sloping site. The particular character of Fernagh lies in its coherence, order and uniformity alongside the setting of the sloping site.
Designation MNY 32 Area of Townscape Character Hazelbank/Abbeylands
An Area of Townscape Character is designated at Hazelbank/Abbeylands as identified on Map No. 2a - Metropolitan Newtownabbey and on clarification Map No. 2e – Hazelbank/Abbeylands Area of Townscape Character.
Key features of the area which will be taken into account when assessing development proposals are as follows:-
  • The early and mid nineteenth century large detached properties set within a mature landscape setting, adjacent to the dramatic shoreline topography; and
  • The large, two storey dwellings including Woodbank (1810) (listed), Lismara (1850) (renamed Abbeydene in 1948) (listed), Hazelbank (early 1800s) and Abbeylands (late 1890s), which reflect the former distinct Georgian/Victorian townscape, and which have good views out across Belfast Lough.
This area is bounded by the coast to the east, and by the M5 Motorway and A2 Shore Road to the west. During the early to mid nineteenth century, the long tapering portion of land north of Macedon Point between the Belfast - Carrickfergus Coast Road and the west shore of Belfast Lough, became a popular residential area for members of the merchant and professional classes. This led to the building of a number of substantial houses within generous landscaped grounds.
Designation MNY 33 Area of Townscape Character Lenamore
An Area of Townscape Character is designated at Lenamore as identified on Map No. 2a - Metropolitan Newtownabbey and on clarification Map No. 2f – Lenamore Area of Townscape Character.
Key features of the area which will be taken into account when assessing development proposals are as follows:-
  • The late Victorian and Edwardian dwellings, which include large, two storey detached villas, set within mature gardens;
  • The interwar 1920s/30s dwellings, post war 1950s/60s properties and 1980s/90s housing, which fit comfortably within a gently sloping topography;
  • The informal and secluded layout of narrow roads, set within a dense mature landscape and bordered by tall boundary hedges;
  • St. Patrick’s Church (1866) and building;
  • The late Victorian ‘Old Rectory’ (No.122 Circular Road) listed building;
  • The Edwardian Arts and Crafts ‘Eden Lodge’ (No.129 Circular Road), listed building;
  • The detached dwellings on Circular Road from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and from the inter-war 1920s/30s; and
  • The 1950s row of closely fitted detached houses along the southern side of Circular Road.
All proposals will be assessed against key design criteria 2A, 2B, 3A, 5F, as contained in Policy UE 3 in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan (See Newtownabbey District Proposals Appendix 2).
Lenamore is significant for its range of architectural styles and building types, which include turn of the century and inter-war dwellings set within a mature landscape.
The construction of Jordanstown railway station in 1861 and the subsequent issue of ‘villa’ tickets by the Belfast and Northern Counties Railway Company, helped stimulate the construction of houses in the vicinity of the station. The late Victorian and Edwardian dwellings are located along the Jordanstown Road, while the later developments of mostly bungalows are situated along Glenkeen Avenue. The significance and character of the townscape derives principally from the high quality of its generously landscaped layout.
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