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Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Roughfort

Roughfort comprises two nodes, the largest node of development is located at the junction of Roughfort Road, Old Coach Road, Mallusk Road and Lylehill Road East. Development is also focused at the junction of the Roughfort Road and the Fort Road.
Designation RT 01 Settlement Development Limit Roughfort
A Settlement Development Limit is designated for Roughfort as identified on

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The Settlement Development Limit is drawn to prevent coalescence of the nodes and further ribbon development along the roads leading into the settlement.

Natural Environment

Site of Local Nature Conservation Importance (SLNCI)

The following site, RT 02 lies partially within the Settlement Development Limit of Roughfort and is designated as a SLNCI as identified on Map No. 18a – Roughfort and
Designation RT 02 Site of Local Nature Conservation Importance  
A Site of Local Nature Conservation Importance is designated at Ballymartin Water below Roughfort Bridge as identified on Map No. 18a – Roughfort, Map No. 1 – Newtownabbey Countryside and Map No. 18b-SLNCI.
A Site of Local Nature Conservation Importance is designated for Roughfort in accordance with PPS 2 Planning and Nature Conservation. The site is identified on the basis of its flora, 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 (LLPA)

The following site RT 03 is designated as a Local Landscape Policy Area as identified on Map No. 18a – Roughfort and clarification Map No. 18c - Roughfort Local Landscape Policy Area.
This site lies within and adjoins the Settlement Development Limit of Roughfort with parts of the LLPA falling within the Newtownabbey Countryside. It is considered to be of the greatest amenity value, landscape quality or local significance and must be protected from undesirable or damaging development.
Policy for the control of development within LLPAs is contained in Policy ENV 3 in Part 3 of this Plan.
Designation RT 03 Local Landscape Policy Area Roughfort
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Roughfort as identified on Map No. 18a – Roughfort, Map No. 1 – Newtownabbey Countryside and Map No. 18c – Roughfort Local Landscape Policy Area.
Those features, or the combination of features, that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of this area are listed below:-
  • Archaeological sites and their surroundings – The views and setting associated with a motte located to the south of Roughfort Road, consisting of a scheduled monument known as Rough Fort with a number of visually significant trees nearby. A chambered grave and its setting located to the north of the Roughfort Road, which was the site of a medieval church known as Carn Greine; and
  • Locally significant building and its surroundings – New house on Millbank Road East, with the site of an old church in the side garden, and significant trees along the boundary.
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