Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Metropolitan Newtownabbey Open Space, Sport & Outdoor Recreation
Newtownabbey Borough Council own and manage a large variety of open space, sport and outdoor recreational areas. This includes football, rugby, hockey and cricket pitches at Three Mile Water, soccer and rugby pitches at Valley Park, football pitches at The Diamond and at Mossley as well as a large grassy area at Burneys Lane. There is adequate provision of parks, playgrounds and walkways at various locations within the built up area, including the Loughshore and Valley Parks and the NIHE own and maintain a number of grassed areas of open space.
In addition to this, there are privately owned grass pitches at the Monkstown Social Club and Nortel Playing fields and a number of private playing fields within the educational sector.
Areas of existing open space above 1 hectare are listed below and identified for information only on Map No. 2a - Metropolitan Newtownabbey. Details of these and smaller areas of open space below 1 hectare are contained within the Open Space, Sport and Outdoor Recreation Technical Supplement.
Policy for the protection of open space is contained in PPS 8 Open Space, Sport and Outdoor Recreation.
Policy OS 1 of PPS 8 will apply to all areas of existing open space whether or not they are indicated in the Plan Proposals Map for information.
Existing Outdoor Sport and Children’s Playing Space
|Location||Outdoor Sport (H)||Children's Casual Play Space (H)||Children's Casual Play Area (H)||Total Area (H)||Description|
|Three Mile Water||5.68||0||0||5.68||Football, rugby, hockey & cricket pitches|
|Valley Park||22.83||0||0||22.83||Soccor & rugby pitches|
|The Diamond||4.37||0||0||4.37||Football pitches, Council owned|
|Mossley Recreation Grounds||3.30||0||0||3.30||Football pitch, Council owned|
|Ards Drive||0||0||1.25||1.25||Slightly sloping grassed area|
|Bracken Drive||0||0.7||2.12||2.19||Graased area with small playground|
|Owenreagh Drive||0||0||1.12||1.12||Large grassed area with trees|
|Rosslea Way||0||0||1.09||1.09||Large grassed area|
|Clonmore Green||0||0||1.06||1.06||Large grassed area|
|Burnley's Lane||0||0||1.74||1.74||Large grassed area|
|Manse Way||0||0||3.84||3.84||Large grassed area|
|Carnmoney Road North||0||0||2.14||2.14||Slightly sloping grassed area with some mature trees|
|Forthill Drive||0||0||3.41||3.41||Slightly sloping grassed area with informal playing pitch|
|Ballyfore Road||0||0||1.41||1.41||Grassed area|
|Forthill Gardens||0||0||1.01||1.01||Slightly sloping grassed area|
Existing Private Outdoor Sport and Children’s Playing Space Provision
|Facility||Outdoor Sport (H)||Description|
|Monkstown Social Club||1.03||Grass pitches|
|Nortel Playing Fields||3.17||Grass pitches|
Existing Outdoor Sports Facilities Within the Educational Sector
|Newtownabbey Community High School||1.72||Private playing fields|
|Edmund Rice College||2.38||Private playing fields|
|Mossgrove Primary School||1.95||Private playing fields|
|Glengormley High School||4.3||Private playing fields and tennis courts|
|Rathcoole Primary School||1.07||Private playing fields|
Other Public Open Space Provision
|Loughshore Park, Shore Road, Jordanstown||4.68||Park with playground and shoreline walkways|
|The Glen||7.14||Park forming southern section of the Three Mile Water Linear Park|
|Three Mile Water Linear Park Doagh Road||73.54||Conservation park with mature trees, walkways, tennis courts & pitches|
|Hazelbank park, Shore Raod||10.93||Park with playground & bowling green, walkways & mature trees|
|Glengormley Park, Carnmoney Road||2.76||Park with playground, bowling green, basketball court and tennis court|
|Sandyknowles Park, Antrim Road||2.61||SMall park with playground & mature trees|
|Valley Park, Antrim Road||25.23||Park with playground, playing fields & mature trees|
|Knockenagh Avenue||1.51||Steeply sloping grassed area with mature planting|
|Rushpark||3.02||Flat grassed area with plenty of mature trees|
|Church Road||1.18||Grassed area adjacent to busy road|
|Manse Road||4.64||Large area of mature trees with pathways|
|Campbell Road||5.26||Relatively flat grassed area|
|Braden Glen||13.23||Mature trees & walkways along river|
|Milewater Drive, New Mossley||1.34||Landscaped area with pathways|
|Beverley Road||1.07||Sloping grassed area with some established trees|
|O'Neill Road||1.73||Steeply sloping grassed area with mature trees|
|Gideon's Green||13.32||Seating areas & walkways around small lake|
|Rathfern Wood||80.00||Community woodland|
|Monkstown Wood||9.33||Community Woodland|
The Plan Proposals promote the concept of Community Greenways, which seek to re-establish corridor links between parks and natural areas to create a network of urban open space. Greenways provide places for both recreation and exercise alongside opportunities for pedestrian and cycle routes as well as wildlife habitats. Both publicly owned open space and private lands are included.
Further details and descriptions of each designated Community Greenway are contained in the Open Space, Sport and Outdoor Recreation Technical Supplement.
Policy for the control of development within a designated Community Greenway is contained in Policy OS 2 as set out in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan.
These designated Community Greenways also link into the Belfast City Network of Community Greenways as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey. The National Cycle Network along the Lough Shore also forms a component part of the Community Greenway network in the Borough.