Magherafelt Area Plan 2015
Tobermore is located on the main A29 Coleraine to Cookstown Road, 10km north-west of Magherafelt town. It is set in a natural hollow, along the base of a slope (Calmore Hill & Castle Hill) just above the flood plain of the Moyola River.
The village is a linear settlement that grew up along a country road, that became Main Street, originally between the Lisnamuck, Maghera, Magherafelt and Desertmartin road junctions. As the village grew, it extended westwards towards Kilcronaghan Parish Church, and then along main roads to the north and south.
Main Street is in part characterised by the variety and lay-out of its built form and associated irregular spaces, with consequent informality to the street frontage. This is emphasised by the lack of a strong building line. Several small housing estates either punctuate or nestle behind the Main Street.
Kilcronaghan Parish Church provides a focus at the western end of the steeply rising Main Street. The approach from Draperstown is dominated by a natural avenue of mature trees. Fortwilliam, a substantial house in a designed setting, which includes a tree-planted Rath, occupies a local hill and is a particularly distinctive feature outside the village, seen by travellers approaching and leaving the village by the Maghera Road.
Tobermore is a local service centre, and includes several places of worship, community halls, 2 supermarkets and a Primary school. The village has an industrial base with assets including concrete product manufacturers, engineering works and purpose-built workshop units provided under the auspices of the Community Regeneration Initiatives Special Programme.
The concrete product works on Lisnamuck Road and haulage depot at the western end of Main Street have an adverse affect on views in and around the village.
|Designation TE 01 Settlement Development Limit|
|A settlement development limit is designated as identified on Map No. 10 - Tobermore.|
The settlement development limit is designated to take account of land with extant planning permission for housing. The settlement development limit also takes account of the role of the settlement whilst protecting its natural setting. The settlement development limit excludes the important landscapes to the north and north-east, and west of the village, prominent lands to the south-west of the village, lands between the Clooney and Maghera Roads that are subject to flooding, other lands which are not committed to development, and Best and Most Versatile (BMV) agricultural land. The settlement development limit also takes account of the need to restrict ribbon development on the Desertmartin Road.