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Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Hillhead

Hillhead settlement comprises two separate nodes. It has experienced development pressure in recent years due to its proximity to Ballyclare and its location on the main Ballyclare to Belfast traffic route. The result is a build up of approximately sixty dwellings primarily along the main road close to Ballyclare.
Designation HD 01 Settlement Development Limit Hillhead
A Settlement Development Limit is designated for Hillhead as identified on Map No. 14a – Hillhead.

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A Settlement Development Limit is drawn to prevent the further spread of ribbon development and coalescence between the two nodes and with Ballyclare.

Natural Environment

Sites of Local Nature Conservation Importance (SLNCIs)

The following site, HD02 adjoins the Settlement Development Limit of Hillhead and is designated as a SLNCI as identified on Map No. 14a – Hillhead and Map No. 14b – SLNCI.
Designation HD 02 Site of Local Nature Conservation Importance Hillhead House
A Site of Local Nature Conservation Importance is designated at Hillhead House as identified on Map No. 14a – Hillhead and Map No. 1 Newtownabbey Countryside and Map No. 14b - SLNCI.
A Site of Local Nature Conservation Importance is designated in Hillhead. The site is identified on the basis of its flora and fauna or earth science interest. A detailed description of its characteristics are provided in the Countryside Assessment Technical Supplement.
This SLNCI is also designated as an Area of Constraint on Mineral Development under Designation NY 05 (See Countryside and Coast Section).
Policy for the control of development in SLNCIs is contained in Policy ENV 2 in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan.

Local Landscape Policy Areas (LLPAs)

The following Local Landscape Policy Areas HD 03-HD 09 are designated in Hillhead as identified on Map No. 14a – Hillhead and Map No. 14c – Hillhead Local Landscape Policy Areas.
These LLPAs lie within and adjoining the Settlement Development Limit of Hillhead, with parts of the LLPAs falling within the Newtownabbey Countryside. They 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 LLPAs is contained in Policy ENV 3 in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan.
Designation HD 03 Local Landscape Policy Area South East of Hillhead
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated south east of Hillhead as identified on Map No. 14a – Hillhead, Map No. 1 – Newtownabbey Countryside and Map No. 14c – Hillhead Local Landscape Policy Areas showing the full extent of the LLPA affecting the settlement of Hillhead.
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 – Braeside, a pre 1830 farm with associated vegetation and a late 18th building and outbuildings which were formerly a spade mill; and
  • Area of local nature conservation interest – Ballylinney River corridor and associated vegetation, including mature trees alongside the watercourse. A number of well established trees line the Hillhead Road at this point providing a good entrance/exit feature for the settlement.
Designation HD 04 Local Landscape Policy Area Logwood Road
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Longwood Road as identified on Map No. 14a – Hillhead, Map No. 1 – Newtownabbey Countryside and Map No. 14c – Hillhead Local Landscape Policy Areas showing the full extent of the LLPAs affecting the settlement of Hillhead.
Those features, or the combination of features, that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of this area are listed below:-
  • Locally significant building and its surroundings – Bruslee House, a mid 19th century farmhouse, including a garden framed by mature trees and a double tree lined lane.
Designation HD 05 Local Landscape Policy Area Hillhead Road 1
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Hillhead Road as identified on Map No. 14a – Hillhead, Map No. 1 – Newtownabbey Countryside and Map No. 14c – Hillhead Local Landscape Policy Areas showing the full extent of the LLPAs affecting the settlement of Hillhead.
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 – Two sets of mid 19th century, semi-detached cottages; and
  • Area of local nature conservation interest – Stream corridor and associated vegetation.
Designation HD 06 Local Landscape Policy Area Hillhead Road 2
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Hillhead Road as identified on Map No. 14a – Hillhead, Map No. 1 – Newtownabbey Countryside and Map No. 14c – Local Landscape Policy Areas showing the full extent of the LLPAs affecting the settlement of Hillhead.
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 – Two 1850s semi-detached dwellings.
Designation HD 07 Local Landscape Policy Area North west of Hillhead
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated North east of Hillhead as identified on Map No. 14a – Hillhead, Map No. 1 – Newtownabbey Countryside and Map No. 14c – Local Landscape Policy Areas showing the full extent of the LLPAs affecting the settlement of Hillhead.
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– A group of mid 20th century dwellings with attractive gardens.
Designation HD 08 Local Landscape Policy Area Hillhead House, Hillhead Road
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Hillhead House as identified on Map No. 14a – Hillhead, Map No. 1 – Newtownabbey Countryside and Map No. 14c – Local Landscape Policy Areas showing the full extent of the LLPAs affecting the settlement of Hillhead.
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 – Hillhead House, a late 19th century two storey house, with extensive gardens containing mature trees and area of woodland. An early 20th century manse and 1830s detached dwellings.

Rural Landscape Wedge

A Rural Landscape Wedge is designated to the North of Hillhead to prevent the merger of the settlement with Ballyclare, protect the setting of the settlement and protect the rural character of the area.
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