Larne Area Plan 2010
Policies and Proposals affecting the Whole Borough
- H1: The department has zoned 145.2 hectares of land within the development limit for Larne Town.
- H2: The Department will facilitate the reuse for housing purposes of vacant or under used land within existing built up areas.
- H3: The Department will normally facilitate the re-use, renovation and sympathetic extension of vacant dwellings in the countryside for residential purposes.
- H4: New housing development will be expected to meet a high standard of design and layout and to include detailed landscaping proposals.
- H5: Within new housing developments developers will be expected to provide open space sufficient to accommodate informal play areas and areas of amenity open space.
- COMM1: Major retail developments on sites outside the commercial core of Larne Town
- COMM2: Within Larne Town Centre and the other urban centres the Department will expect all new development to be designed to a high standard, sympathetic to the character of the town.
- IN1: Land has been allocated to meet future industrial needs, 71.15 hectares of land is zoned in Larne Town for industrial purposes.
- IN2: An area of 11.42 hectares of land has been zoned at Bank Road as a mixed use development site to accommodate industrial, housing and leisure uses.
- IN3: The Department will require that all industrial development is designed to a high standard and properly landscaped.
- NV 1: The Department will not normally permit development which would adversely affect areas of nature conservation importance and will pay due regard to nature conservation issues when considering development proposals which might adversely affect habitats, species or features worthy of conservation.
- NV 2: The Department has designated a Countryside Policy Area to cover the undeveloped coast to the north of Larne.
- NV 3: The Department has designated a Green Belt around Larne Town.
- NV 4: The Department has designated the following Countryside Policy Areas to cover:-
- NV 5: The Department will promote measures which will protect and enhance existing tree cover and hedgerows.
Man Made Environment
- MAN EN1: The Department will protect areas of Significant Archaeological Interest from inappropriate development.
- MAN EN2: The Department will protect sites and the settings of monuments in state care or which may be taken into state care. Proposals for development in the vicinity of these monuments which would be likely to have an adverse affect on the sites or their settings will not be permitted.
- MAN EN3: The Department will consider the designation of additional Conservation Areas in Larne Borough to safeguard areas considered to be of historic and architectural interest.
- MAN EN4: The Department will protect the following historic parks, gardens and demesnes in Larne Borough:–
- Garron Point, Glenarm Castle, Carnfunnock, Drumalis, Magheramorne, Red Hall, Kilwaughter.
- MAN EN5: The Department will facilitate the sympathetic restoration of buildings of historic/architectural interest particularly where they are at risk from dereliction or demolition.
- TR1: The Department will facilitate traffic movement in Larne Borough by the provision of new roads and/or road improvements as resources permit.
- TR2: The protected route network in Larne Borough
- TR3: Where the nature and scale of a new development is likely to have a significant impact on the road network the Department may require the submission of a Traffic Impact Assessment in order to fully assess the planning application.
- TR4: The Department has outlined a network of distributor roads in the Larne West Study to facilitate housing development in this area
- TR5: The Department will require the provision of full operational car parking
- S1: The Department has identified a location for the sewage treatment works for Larne Town.
- S2: The Department will facilitate the upgrading of the existing sewage treatment works which are at or near capacity by the end of the plan period.
- S3: The Department will seek to ensure that planning permission is not granted for development which would suffer loss of amenity from smell nuisance on land within 300 m of a major sewage treatment works.
- DR1: Development will not normally be permitted in areas known to be at serious risk from flooding, coastal erosion or land instability.
- DR2: Where a designated watercourse runs adjacent to or through a development site the Department will require the provision of a 5 m wide working strip along at least one bank of the watercourse. The Department will monitor all new development proposals to ensure that storm water run off can be adequately catered for and does not compound existing flooding problems.
- WD1: The Department in dealing with applications for planning permission for waste management facilities, will take into account any relevant provisions of the Council's Waste Management Strategy.
- WD2: Planning permission will not normally be granted for the disposal of waste materials within the Antrim Coast and Glens A.O.N.B. Exceptionally, permission may be granted for landfilling or landraising projects involving the use of clay, sub-soil or other inert materials (i.e. wastes which will not decompose to release pollutants) that are specifically intended to facilitate the reinstatement of quarries or improve land of low agricultural quality. An important consideration in this regard is that proposals will have to be compatible with any relevant nature conservation interests. Where permission is granted conditions will be imposed to control the visual appearance, height, shape and reinstatement of the new landform created.
- E1: The Department will treat a high pressure pipeline as a hazardous installation which may place constraints on development in its vicinity.
- T1: The Department will protect the tourism resources of Larne Borough comprised in the landscape and the natural and man made environments from inappropriate forms of development.
- T2: The Department will normally give favourable consideration to the provision of tourist facilities or tourist accommodation by the sympathetic conversion or appropriate extension of existing buildings and the renovation of vacant buildings.
- T3: The Department will require all proposals for tourist development to respect the basic principles of good design and landscaping
- R1: A site of 3 hectares of land is zoned for open space in Larne Town. 5.50 hectares of land is zoned for open space in Ballycarry.
- R2: The Department will normally give favourable consideration to the provision of more recreational pathways both in the urban area and to facilitate access to the countryside, including the retention where possible of existing rights of way.
- R3: The Department will normally give favourable consideration to the provision of water based recreational facilities where such development would not have an unacceptable impact on the amenity of the area or lead to water pollution.
- R4: The Department will normally give favourable consideration to the provision of both informal and formal open space within the urban area of the Borough and where appropriate in suitable rural locations.
- MN1: Area of Constraint on Mineral Development.
- MN2: In the event that hydrocarbon exploration identifies the possibility of commercially viable reserves of oil or gas, applications for planning permission to sink wells for the purpose of appraising the nature or extent of the discovery may be considered in the context of the long term suitability of the sites for production purposes.
- MN3: The Department will not normally approve commercial peat extraction from sites which have been declared Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI’s).