Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Countryside & Coast Sites of Local Nature Conservation Importance (SLNCI’s)
The following sites NY 02/01-NY 02/12 are designated as Sites of Local Nature Conservation Importance as identified on Map No. 1 – Newtownabbey Countryside and Map Nos. 20f – 20q - SLNCIs.
SLNCIs are designated in accordance with PPS 2 Planning and Nature Conservation. Sites are identified on the basis of their flora, fauna or earth science interest. Detailed descriptions of their characteristics are provided in the Countryside Assessment Technical Supplement.
All SLNCIs are also designated as Areas of Constraint on Mineral Development under Designation NY 05.
Policy for the control of development within the above SLNCIs is contained in ENV 2 in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan.
A portion of the Cavehill/Colinward SLNCI, as designated in the Belfast District Proposals, Volume 2 of the Plan is located in Newtownabbey Borough Council as identified on Map No. 20r - SLNCI.
A small portion of the Knockagh/ Dorisland SLNCI, as designated in the Carrickfergus District Proposals, Volume 4 (ref CE 02/08) is located within the Newtownabbey Borough Council countryside as identified on Map No. 20s -SLNCI.