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Magherafelt Area Plan 2015
Settlements: Desertmartin

Designation DE 01 Settlement Development Limit
A settlement development limit is designated as identified on Map No. 17 - Desertmartin.

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The settlement development limit is designated to provide development opportunities in line with the scale, character and role of the settlement, while preventing ribboning and urban sprawl into the surrounding countryside. It excludes surrounding lands of high environmental quality and wildlife value.
Interim sewage disposal measures or development phasing may be necessary for future development proposals until such time as the required upgrade to the Waste Water Treatment Works for Desertmartin is complete and fully operational.
Designation DE 02 Local Landscape Policy Area
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated as identified on Map No. 1 - Countryside and Map No. 17 - Desertmartin.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of this area are listed below:
  • Listed St. Comgalls (C of I) Church is a visually and historically significant building and a local landmark. It occupies the site of a medieval Church;
  • Loughinsholin (Island of the O’Lynn’s) is a royal site of significant historical and archaeological importance. It includes low lying wetland with natural regeneration and significant tree cover, which is of nature conservation value;
  • St. Mary’s (RC) Church and adjacent Parochial House are landmark buildings. The surrounding mature trees are an important visual feature in the countryside and make a good entrance feature to the settlement from the north-west;
  • Area of wetland and regenerating vegetation to the east of St. Mary’s Church, an important landscape feature with wildlife value;
  • Industrial heritage value associated with the old mill and mill race on the Ballygowan Road;
  • Industrial heritage value associated with the old corn mill, mill race and site of mill pond on the Longfield Road;
  • Archaeological interest in site of medieval parish church, possibly on earlier site, located beside the Grange Water to the rear of Main Street;
  • Land to the east of the Grange Water is part of the wider setting of the settlement, affording good views to the settlement and Slieve Gallion beyond. An area of wetland within is an important landscape feature with wildlife value;
  • Localised hills to the south and west of the settlement contribute to its character and setting;
  • Grange Water, Keenaght Water and several stream corridors traverse the area providing an important local landscape feature, often with visually significant treed banks, and act as wildlife corridors;
  • Attractive vistas of Slieve Gallion from the Tobermore Road, south of the Parochial House.
Policy for the control of development in Local Landscape Policy Areas is contained in Policy CON 2 in Part 2 of the Plan.
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