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Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Ballyclare Natural Environment

Sites of Local Nature Conservation Importance (SLNCIs)

The following sites BE 16/01 – BE 16/02 are designated as SLNCIs as identified on Map No. 3a – Ballyclare and on clarification Map Nos. 3c – 3d – SLNCI.
Designation BE 16 Sites of Local Nature Conservation Importance
The following Sites of Local Nature Conservation Importance are designated in the locations identified on Map No. 3a - Ballyclare and Map Nos. 3c and 3d - SLNCIs.
BE 16/01: Craig Hill Quarry
BE 16/02: Craig Hill Quarry (Geodiversity)
These Sites of Local Nature Conservation Importance are designated in accordance with PPS 2 Planning and Nature Conservation. They lie within the Settlement Development Limit of Ballyclare.
Sites are identified on the basis of their flora, fauna or earth science interest. Detailed descriptions of their characteristics are provided in the Countryside Assessment Technical Supplement.
All SLNCIs are also designated as Areas of Constraint on Mineral Development under Designation NY 05 (See Countryside and Coast Section).
Policy for the control of development within SLNCIs is contained in Policy ENV 2, in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan.

Local Landscape Policy Areas (LLPAs)

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The following sites BE 17 – BE 20 are designated as LLPAs as identified on Map No. 3a – Ballyclare and on clarification Map No. 3e - Ballyclare Local Landscape Policy Areas.
These LLPAs lie within and adjoining the Settlement Development Limit of Ballyclare and are considered to be of the greatest amenity value, landscape quality or local significance and should therefore be protected from undesirable or damaging development.
Policy for the control of development in LLPAs is contained in Policy ENV 3 in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan.
Designation BE 17 Local Landscape Policy Area Green Road
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Green Road as identified on Map No. 3a - Ballyclare, Map No. 1 – Newtownabbey Countryside and Map No. 3e – Ballyclare Local Landscape Policy Area showing the full extent of LLPAS affecting the settlement of Ballyclare.
Those features, or the combination of features, that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of this area are listed below:
  • Locally significant buildings and their surroundings – The mill, which is a landmark building, other mill buildings, millpond and mill race, together with associated vegetation; and
  • Area of local nature conservation interest – Land fill site at Coulter’s Hill, which is currently being planted.
Designation BE 18 Local Landscape Policy Area Six Mile Water Corridor
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated along the Six Mile Water Corridor as identified on Map No. 3a - Ballyclare, Map No. 3f - Ballyclare Town Centre, Map No. 1 – Newtownabbey Countryside, Map No. 3e – Ballyclare Local Landscape Policy Area showing the full extent of LLPAS affecting the settlement of Ballyclare.
Those features, or the combination of features, that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of this area are listed below:
  • Archaeological site and its surroundings – A scheduled motte is situated on the south bank of the river in the War Memorial Park;
  • Area of local amenity importance – The Six Mile Water river corridor including the town parks, leisure centre, playing pitches, mill pond and lake; and
  • Area of local nature conservation interest – Low lying wet land, valley slopes, Craighill Quarry and associated vegetation including a significant group of trees.
A small portion of this LLPA lies within Ballyclare Town Centre (See Map No. 3f – Ballyclare Town Centre).
Designation BE 19 Local Landscape Policy Area Ross’s Avenue
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Ross’s Avenue as identified on Map No. 3a - Ballyclare, Map No. 1 – Newtownabbey Countryside and Map No. 3e – Ballyclare Local Landscape Policy Area showing the full extent of LLPAS affecting the settlement of Ballyclare.
Those features, or the combination of features, that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of this area are listed below:
  • Area of local nature conservation interest – Significant group of trees; and
  • Archaeological site and its surroundings – Mearing ditch situated along the Avenue.
Designation BE 20 Local Landscape Policy Area South West Ballyclare
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at south west Ballyclare as identified on Map No. 3a - Ballyclare, Map No. 1 – Newtownabbey Countryside and Map No. 3e – Ballyclare Local Landscape Policy Area showing the full extent of LLPAS affecting the settlement of Ballyclare.
Those features, or the combination of features, that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of this area are listed below:
  • Area of local nature conservation interest – Six Mile Water Valley river corridor between Ballyclare and Doagh, providing an important setting for both settlements.
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