Derry Area Plan 2011
Appendix 2: Areas of Local Nature Conservation and Amenity Importance
Enagh Loughs - an area on the urban edge containing open water bodies (Enagh Loughs), wetlands, mature deciduous woodland, sites of archaeological and historical interest and providing for recreation, principally angling. The area acts as a buffer between the housing and hospital areas to the west and the industrial estates at Maydown and is an area of local nature conservation importance. Its overall importance derives from the combination of interests found in this relatively small area in close proximity to the growing urban area and the intrinsic quality of the landscape. Development which would damage or result in inappropriate change to the crannog at Rough Island, the town house and crannog at Green Island or to the Enagh Church and Graveyard, or to their setting, will not be permitted. A relatively large area has been included to ensure protection of views from the lakes and the setting of the lakes themselves.
Gransha Intake - an area containing a large open water body with emerging scrub and woodland. There is good potential to develop a footpath network along the southern edge of the lake which could form part of the wider development of a footpath network between the 2 bridges. Development proposals on adjoining land must ensure no adverse impacts on the water quality of the lake. A suitable buffer zone of woodland planting will be required as part of any development proposals.
Prehen Wood is an area of mixed deciduous woodland adjacent to Prehen which has suffered from a lack of management and maintenance over a long period of time, particularly the southern section. Whilst it currently provides a reasonable wildlife habitat, the area also has importance in terms of its landscape character as viewed from the southern approaches to the City along the Victoria and Letterkenny roads. Development which would result in the loss of further woodland will not be permitted.
Cumber - a series of small interlinked deciduous and coniferous woodlands along the River Faughan to the south of Claudy. They include Ballynameen Plantation, the woodland around Cumber House and Beaufort Wood, the latter containing a rath - a scheduled historic monument. The area is visually significant in approaches to the village along the Cumber Road and provides a small but important visual buffer between the village and the gravel workings to the south. No development will be permitted which would result in damage to, destruction of, or alteration to the rath and its setting. There are a number of historic buildings in the area which contribute to the character of the landscape. Where development occurs the Department will encourage their retention.
Castle River - a linear strip of woodland associated with the Castle River. This woodland provides a strong defining edge to the south eastern edge of Eglinton and acts as a visual buffer to the more open agricultural land along the Ballygudden Road. There will be a strong presumption against development in this area and development proposals on adjoining land should have regard to the impact on the woodland.
Foyle Park - a historic landscape associated with the rebuilding of Eglinton Village in the 1820s. It contains the listed Foyle Park House prominently sited on a small hill overlooking the village with mature tree belts to boundaries. The area lies within the Green Belt.
Learmount - an area of mature deciduous and coniferous woodland with a number of buildings associated with Learmount Parish Church. The attractive and historic buildings are complemented by the secluded nature of the woodland setting. No new development will be permitted in this area though there may be some potential for the sensitive re-use of some of the buildings. Development which would result in the loss of woodland will not be permitted.