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Magherafelt Area Plan 2015
Settlements: The Woods

Designation WS 01 Settlement Development Limit
A settlement development limit is designated as identified on Map No. 31 - The Woods.

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The settlement development limit is designated to facilitate a compact form while allowing limited development opportunities appropriate to the form, scale and character of the settlement, while protecting views and the setting of St. Johns (C of I) Church. 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 Ballymaguigan is complete and fully operational.
Designation WS 02 Local Landscape Policy Area
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated as identified on Map No. 1 - Countryside and Map No. 31 - The Woods.  
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of this area are listed below:
  • St. John’s (Listed) (C of I) Church and graveyard, rectory and associated trees, are important as a group, and as the focal point of the settlement, and distinctive in the rural local landscape;
  • The settlement is on a slight terrace between two streams: substantial scrub vegetation, an area of reeds and woodland plantation along the stream to the north-east, beyond which rising land provides a backdrop to the settlement. The land slopes steeply to the stream at the south-west, which also has substantial scrub vegetation. Together, these stream corridors provide a distinctive setting for the settlement;
  • The rising lands beyond the stream at the south-west are important for views within the settlement;
  • The lands to the south of the Ballyronan Road are undeveloped, except for the small Orange Hall. This relationship of the settlement to the rural landscape along the main road is the key to its visual and historic character.
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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