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Cookstown Area Plan 2010
Settlements: Moortown

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Moortown is located approximately fourteen kilometres east of Cookstown.
The village is defined in two separate nodes. While most of the housing within the settlement is located adjacent to the Church of the Immaculate Conception and St. Peter's School along Ardboe Road, it is also appropriate to include the harbour area on the Loughshore known as The Battery. A range of locally significant services and community facilities are available, dispersed in both nodes.
The capacity of the sewage treatment works is an overriding constraint on growth and planning permission for new development will not normally be granted unless a satisfactory means of sewage disposal can be effected.
Local demand for housing within the village is likely to be high. Single dwelling units, of an appropriate design, will normally be permitted on suitable sites within the settlement limit provided the proposal does not prejudice the comprehensive development of adjacent land. Comprehensive development will normally be permitted provided the scale, layout and detailed design of the development are compatible with the scale and character of the settlement. Accordingly, residential developments in excess of twenty units will not normally be permitted.
Access to Lough Neagh is considered to be an important feature contributing to the vitality of the village. Development will not normally be permitted which would restrict existing public access to the Lough.
Views of Lough Neagh which make a significant contribution to the amenity of the area should be protected. An important viewpoint of the Lough is identified along the road leading to The Battery where there are significant tourism opportunities. Development that would impact significantly on this view will not normally be permitted.
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