Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Metropolitan Newtownabbey Employment (Page 1 of 2)
The Plan zones approximately 146 hectares of additional land for employment/ Industrial use within Metropolitan Newtownabbey to further develop it as a location for industry taking advantage of its location on the major transport corridor to Belfast International Airport and the Ports of Larne and Belfast.
Land zoned for Employment/Industry and Existing Employment/Industry areas are identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey. Applications for planning permission within these sites will be determined in accordance with prevailing regional planning policy and Plan Proposals including the Key Site Requirements (including associated map where applicable) where stipulated.
The following sites MNY 07 – MNY 09 are zoned as Employment /Industry lands as identified on Map No. 2a - Metropolitan Newtownabbey and associated Map No. 2b – Lands at Global Point/Ballyhenry – Major Employment Location.
A Major Employment Location MNY 07 is zoned for Employment/Industry at Global Point/Ballyhenry
Zoning MNY 07 Employment/Industry (Revised) Lands at Global Point/Ballyhenry – Major Employment Location (MEL)
91.27 hectares of land are zoned for Employment/Industry as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and associated Map No. 2b – Lands at Global Point /Ballyhenry – Major Employment Location.
Key Site Requirements:-
- Development shall only include the following uses:-
- Light Industrial Use as currently specified in Class 4 of the Planning (Use Classes) Order (Northern Ireland) 1989 as amended;
- General Industrial Use as currently specified in Class 5 of the Planning (Use Classes) Order (Northern Ireland) 1989 as amended;
- Storage or Distribution Use (including Logistics) as currently specified in Class 11 of the Planning (Use Classes) Order (Northern Ireland) 1989 as amended;
- Special Industrial Use as currently specified in Classes 6-10 of the same Order may be acceptable, to be determined by the Department;
- Business Use as currently specified in Class 3 of the Planning (Use Classes) Order (Northern Ireland) 1989 as amended; (detailed below – except in Zone B);
- The total amount of floorspace for Business Use as defined above shall not exceed 3,000 sq m (gross);
- Development of the site shall only be permitted in accordance with an overall comprehensive masterplans for the site to be agreed with the Department. This shall outline the design concept, objectives and priorities for the site. The zones A and B identified on Map No. 2b – Global Point/Ballyhenry MEL shall be incorporated into the masterplan to include the following elements:-
Zones A and B shall be developed as a Business Park within a generous landscape setting. Buildings shall be a maximum height of 2 storeys;
- Access to Zone B of the site shall be from the Doagh Road to be agreed with Roads Service DRD. Access to Zone A of the site shall be from the existing access point on the Ballynure Road only;
- A Transport Assessment (TA), agreed with Roads Service DRD, shall be required to identify any necessary improvements to the road network/public transport/transportation facilities in the area. In addition to the need for a TA, and the requirements identified therein, an initial assessment of this specific development site indicates that as a minimum the following improvements shall be required:-
- improvements to the Doagh Road, along the site frontage, will be dependent on the access location for the northern portion of the site;
- the provision of a new access for the northern portion shall be in accordance with the Department's visibility requirements;
- new and improved pedestrian and cycling links from the site to existing nearby public transport facilities shall be required in order to maximise the use of these facilities;
- A flood risk assessment of the watercourses within and adjacent to the site shall be carried out and submitted to the Department to inform proposals for the development of the site as part of the site may lie within the 100 year floodplain of the Three Mile Water;
- Buildings shall exhibit variety in their elevational treatment and heights and particular consideration shall be given to views into the site;
- The two upstanding raths in the site shall be retained in situ with provision of landscaping around them to safeguard their setting;
- A comprehensive landscaping scheme for the proposed development shall be submitted with any planning application for development and agreed with the Department, and shall include the following:-
- The northern, eastern, southern and western boundaries of the site shall be retained and landscaped with a 5-10 metre belt of trees and planting of native species to provide screening for the development;
- The results of a comprehensive survey identifying trees, hedgerows, and other vegetation to be retained and incorporated into the proposed development;
- A detailed planting plan and programme of works shall be provided for all new planting in relation to boundary definition and provision of high quality landscaping proposals within the site; and
- Positive long term landscape management proposals shall be required to protect and maintain the landscaping and features of natural heritage. An Article 40 Agreement may be required to ensure delivery of this in accordance with the Department’s requirements.
Zone A consists of the southern portion of the site to the south of the railway line.
Consideration will be given to the exact type of industrial use in the southern portion of this Zone in order to protect the amenity of residential premises in close proximity.
Zone B Consists of the northern portion of the site, north of the Railway line.
A Local Landscape Policy Area as designated at Ref MNY 43 is located along the south eastern portion of the site.
Detailed consultation with Rivers Agency, DARD will be required as the site adjoins a designated watercourse.
Detailed consultation with Water Service, DRD will be required.
Detailed consultation with Built Heritage, Environment and Heritage Service, DOE will be required in relation to the identification and mitigation (with provision for excavation recording and/or preservation in situ) of archaeological remains at this site.
Any development in the vicinity of the raths will require detailed consultation withBuilt Heritage, Environment and Heritage Service, DOE.