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Magherafelt Area Plan 2015
Settlements: Magherafelt Industry

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In keeping with the status of Magherafelt as a local hub within the context of the Regional Development Strategy, (RDS), and as the District Town, it is proposed to provide the opportunity to further develop its role as a location of employment, by zoning some 11.4 hectares of industry / employment land within the settlement development limit.
There are pockets within some of the existing industry sites which remain undeveloped or vacant. A previously zoned site at Station Road remains undeveloped. It is zoned for industry in the Plan.
An additional 3 areas are zoned for industrial development in accordance with Allocation IND 1 in Part 2 of the Plan. All industrial zonings are identified on Map No. 5 - Magherafelt. These lands are in a variety of locations to allow for a range of industrial types and site choice.
Applications for planning permission within these sites will be determined in accordance with prevailing regional planning policy and the key site requirements in the Plan.

Industrial Zonings

The following sites MT 26 – MT 29 are zoned for industry as identified on Map No. 5 - Magherafelt.
Zoning MT 26 Industry Land at Station Road
0.9 hectare of land at Station Road is zoned for industry as identified on Map No. 5 - Magherafelt.
Key Site Requirements:
  • The site is to be used for light industrial use as defined in Class B2 of the Planning (Use Classes) Order 2004 and for no other type of industrial use. Where it is established that part of the site has an authorised use within Classes B3 or B4, an exception may be merited.
  • Access arrangements and industrial layout are to ensure that buildings do not back onto Station road.
  • All new development shall provide a high quality of layout and design.
  • Buildings shall exhibit variety in their elevational treatment and heights.
  • Any open storage areas are to be located so as to be screened from view from Station Road.
  • The existing hedgerow along the Station Road site frontage to be retained.
The proximity of the site to the NIW and Roads Service depots render the site suitable for an industrial use.
Zoning MT 27 Industry Land at Ballyronan Road
1.9 hectares of land at Ballyronan Road are zoned for industry as identified on Map No. 5 - Magherafelt.
Key Site Requirements:
  • All new development shall provide a high quality of layout and design.
  • Access arrangements and industrial layout are to ensure that buildings do not back onto Ballyronan Road.
  • Any open storage areas to be located so as to be screened from view from Ballyronan Road.
  • Contemporaneous with the new development, an 8 to 10 metre planted landscape buffer consisting of indigenous trees and hedgerow species is to be provided along the site’s southern and south-eastern boundaries.
Zoning MT 28 Industry Land at Ballymoghan Road
5.0 hectares of land at Ballymoghan Road are zoned for industry as identified on Map No. 5 - Magherafelt.
Key Site Requirements:
  • All new development shall provide a high quality of layout and design.
  • Buildings shall exhibit variety in their elevational treatment and heights.
  • Ballymoghan Road will require widening to accommodate industrial traffic. The developer is advised to consult with Roads Service at an early stage.
  • Development of the site is dependant on the provision of a right turn lane from the A31 into Ballymoghan Road. The developer is advised to consult with Roads Service at an early stage.
  • Contemporaneous with the new development, the south-east and north-east boundaries of the site are to be planted with an 8-10 metre belt of trees of native species designed to provide screening for the development, to assist integration of industrial buildings with the countryside and to reduce the outbreak of noise from the site relative to adjoining dwellings.
  • Landscaping to be carried out along the site frontage to Ballymoghan Road and within the site in line with Departmental guidance at planning application stage.
Zoning MT 29 Industry Land at Ballymoghan Road
3.63 hectares of land at Ballymoghan Road are zoned for industry as identified on Map No. 5 - Magherafelt.
Key Site Requirements:
  • All new development shall provide a high quality of layout and design.
  • Buildings shall exhibit variety in their elevational treatment and height.
  • Ballymoghan Road will require to be widened to accommodate industrial traffic. The developer is advised to consult with Roads Service at an early stage.
  • Development of the site is dependant on the provision of a right turn lane from the A31 into Ballymoghan Road. The developer is advised to consult with Roads Service at an early stage.
  • Contemporaneous with the new development, the west and south-east boundaries of the site are to be planted with an 8 to 10 metre belt of trees of native species designed to provide screening for the development, to assist integration of industrial buildings with the countryside and to reduce the outbreak of noise from the site relative to adjoining dwellings.
  • Landscaping to be carried out along the site frontage to Ballymoghan Road and within the site in line with Departmental guidance at planning application stage.

Existing Industrial Land

The following major areas of existing industrial land are identified for information only on Map No. 5 - Magherafelt.
  • Station Road Industrial Estate
  • Aughrim Road Industrial Estate
  • Concrete works, Ballyronan Road
  • Henry Brothers Industrial site, Moneymore Road.
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