Northern Ireland Planning Service

Magherafelt Area Plan 2015
Settlements: Swatragh

Designation SH 01 Settlement Development Limit
A settlement development limit is designated as identified on Map 28 - Swatragh.

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The settlement development limit is designated to include existing development commitments and provide development opportunities in line with the scale, character and role of the settlement and to prevent ribboning and urban sprawl into the surrounding countryside. It includes the historic Killelagh Church and its environs and also recognises the importance to the settlement of the recreational and amenity value of the public park and associated open space, but excludes other 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 Swatragh is complete and fully operational.
Designation SH 02 Local Landscape Policy Area
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated as identified on Map No. 1 - Countryside and Map No. 28 - Swatragh.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of this area are listed below:
  • Several stream corridors traverse the area, are important local landscape features, often with visually significant treed banks, and act as wildlife corridors;
  • Recreational and amenity value of the public park and its contribution to the historic relationship between Ringsend and Swatragh;
  • Listed Killelagh (C of I) Church on a low hill overlooking the river, road and bridge, and sheltered by a mixed stand of mature trees, an important visual and wildlife feature. The trees and Church contribute to the setting and character of the settlement;
  • Raised landform to the north of Main Street defines the north-west limit of the settlement. It incorporates a traditional field pattern within which the old mill and mill pond represent the industrial heritage;
  • Long back gardens on Main Street reflect the original built form of the settlement and contribute to the setting and character of the street frontage development and form a strong visual backdrop.
Gaps in the street frontage afford glimpsed views of the rising sub-divided landform. Historically, the backlands contained buildings and accommodated uses which were secondary to and related to those on the street frontage.
Designation SH 03 Local Landscape Policy Area
A Local Landscape Policy Area is as identified on Map No. 1 - Countryside and Map No. 28 - Swatragh.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of this area are listed below:
  • Distinctive glacial hillocks are significant landscape features in this part of Swatragh, and on the approach to the settlement from the east;
  • A stream corridor traverses the area. It provides an important local landscape feature and acts as a wildlife corridor.
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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