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Magherafelt Area Plan 2015
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The Plan makes provision for approximately 820 dwellings over the Plan period. This includes dwellings built since 31 December 1998, the yield arising from existing commitments and the estimated yield delivered by the housing zonings. Further details are contained in the Population and Housing Technical Supplement. A total of approximately 24 hectares of land is zoned for housing under Allocation HOU 1 in Part 2 of the Plan. Housing zonings are identified on Map No. 6 - Maghera.
Sites have been selected to allow for the efficient use of land within the urban footprint, to provide choice in the housing market and to include existing commitments on sites where development has occurred since the beginning of the Plan period. Other factors influencing site selection include accessibility to the town centre and to public transport and the aim to minimise detrimental impact upon the environment.
Land zoned for housing if developed, will be in accordance with prevailing regional planning policy, and with the Plan Proposals including key site requirements which may include access requirements, infrastructure requirements, public open space provision, landscaping and other site specific requirements.

Housing Zonings

The following sites MA 02 - MA 09 are zoned for housing as identified on Map No. 6 - Maghera.
Zoning MA 02 Housing Committed Housing Sites (Built Sites)
The following sites are zoned for housing as identified on Map No. 82a - Maghera:
MA 02/01:     Tirkane Road
MA 02/02:     Martinvale Park
MA 02/03:     Craigadick Road
MA 02/04:     Coleraine Road
MA 02/05:     Glen Road
Committed sites include approved housing sites developed in full or in part for 10 or more dwellings since the commencement of the Plan period.
Zoning MA 03 Housing Committed Housing Sites (Other Sites)
The following sites are zoned for housing as identified on Map No. 6 - Maghera:
MA 03/01:     Fair Hill (1.0 ha)
MA 03/02:     Crew Road (1.57 ha)
MA 03/03:     Crew Road (2.5 ha)
MA 03/04:     Coleraine Road (4.57 ha)
MA 03/05:     Land south of Largantogher Park (1.85 ha)
Committed sites include sites with planning permission for housing. Only those sites with approval or potential for 10 dwellings or more have been zoned for housing.
The Plan does not stipulate key site requirements for these sites as future development will be subject to conditions attached to planning permissions. In the event that such permissions lapse, the Department may alter existing conditions or attach new conditions to any subsequent approval to take account of prevailing regional planning policy and the Plan Proposals.
Zoning MA 04 Housing Land at Martinvale Park, off Station Road
1.88 hectare of land at Martinvale Park, off Station Road, is zoned for housing as identified on Map No. 6 - Maghera.
Key Site Requirements:
  • Housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 15 dwellings per hectare.
Zoning MA 05 Housing Land at Sycamore Drive, off Carricknakielt Road
1.86 hectares of land at Sycamore Drive, off Carricknakielt Road, are zoned for housing as identified on Map No. 6 - Maghera.
Key Site Requirements:
  • Housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 21 dwellings per hectare.
  • The mature trees and vegetation along the disused rail bed shall be retained except where removal is required to facilitate access.
  • Contemporaneous with the new development, the northern and eastern boundaries abutting the countryside shall be planted with a 5-8 metre belt of trees of native species. This is intended to provide screening for the development and to assist integration.
Zoning MA 06 Housing Land at Glen Road
1.33 hectares of land at Glen Road, to the east of Glenvale, are zoned for housing as identified on Map No. 6 - Maghera.
Key Site Requirements:
  • Housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 12 dwellings per hectare.
  • The residential layout is to ensure that dwellings do not back onto Glen Road.
  • Existing mature trees within the site and along site boundaries are to be retained.
Zoning MA 07 Housing Land at Tirkane Road
0.62 hectare of land at Tirkane Road is zoned for housing as identified on Map No. 6 - Maghera.
Key Site Requirements:
  • Housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 12 dwellings per hectare.
  • The residential layout is to ensure that dwellings do not back onto Tirkane Road.
Zoning MA 08 Housing Land at Crew Road
1.65 hectares of land at Crew Road are zoned for housing as identified on Map No. 6 - Maghera.
Key Site Requirements:
  • Housing development to be a minimum gross site density of 20 dwellings per hectare and a maximum gross density of 25 dwellings per hectare.
  • The site shall be accessed from Crew Road via the zoned housing site MA03/02.
  • Contemporaneous with the new development, a 5 to 8 metre planted landscape buffer consisting of indigenous trees and hedgerow species to be provided along the southern boundary of the site.
Zoning MA 09 Housing Land at Sunnyside Drive
0.46 hectare of land at Sunnyside Drive is zoned for housing as identified on Map No. 6 - Maghera.
Key Site Requirements:
  • Housing Development shall be a minimum gross site density of 31 dwellings per hectare.
  • The design layout shall ensure that dwellings do not back onto Sunnyside Drive.
  • Contemporaneous with the new development, a 5 to 8 metre planted landscape buffer consisting of indigenous tree and hedgerow species shall be provided along the eastern boundary of the site abutting the open space area
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