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Magherafelt Area Plan 2015
Introduction: Plan Objectives

  • To facilitate sustainable patterns of growth and development throughout the Plan Area in accordance with the sustainability related strategic objectives of the RDS;
  • To promote Magherafelt as a local hub within Northern Ireland and to strengthen its role as the principal administrative, trade, employment and residential centre within the District;
  • To allocate land for additional housing development over the Plan period in accordance with the strategic objectives and guidelines contained in the RDS;
  • To facilitate appropriate development within existing urban areas that will promote urban renaissance, create ease of access to services and community facilities, and to maximise the use of existing infrastructure;
  • To promote compact urban forms that respect the individual character and identity of settlements, avoid urban sprawl and conserve the countryside;
  • To facilitate economic development and the creation of employment, taking into account “Lifetime Opportunities”, the Government’s Anti Poverty and Social Inclusion Strategy for Northern Ireland;
  • To facilitate integration between land use planning and transportation in order to reduce congestion and the need for car journeys and to encourage a shift to more sustainable modes of transport, including walking, cycling and public transport;
  • To promote vital and viable town centres;
  • To protect and enhance the character, quality and biodiversity of natural and man-made environments; and
  • To facilitate the promotion of equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group.
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