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Larne Area Plan 2010
Transportation: Policies and Proposals


The Department will facilitate traffic movement in Larne Borough by the provision of new roads and/or road improvements as resources permit.
The Department is responsible for the provision and maintenance of the public road system within the Borough and will seek to maintain that network to meet local and broader strategic needs. The importance of the Larne-Belfast Road (T9) as a strategic Euroroute is recognised, the Department will continue to upgrade this road with the objective of improving the standard of safety and convenience for road users. The dualling of the T9 is in the Department's roads programme and will be undertaken as resources permit. The proposed Glynn bypass is also included in the Roads programme and again will be undertaken as and when resources permit. All such major road schemes will be subject to an environmental impact assessment and will be subject to environmental appraisal as part of the development plan process.
Minor road improvement schemes and traffic management works will be undertaken throughout the Plan period to address local problems including road widening, footway provision and junction improvements. The Department will continue to consult Larne Borough Council on schemes which are required and their prioritisation, accepting that this process of consultation provides the local community with the opportunity to make representations regarding the need for specific schemes. The Department will take all reasonable measures, such as landscaping, to ensure that the environmental impact of such schemes is minimised.


The protected route network in Larne Borough is:–
The Larne–Belfast Road (T9)
The Coast Road, South of Larne (A2)
The Larne–Ballymena Road (A36)
The Bridge End Road/Island Road
Ballycarry (B90).
The Department will restrict the formation of new accesses and control development which would lead to an intensification of the use of an existing access to these roads. The protected routes are defined as the inter urban sections of such roads, the urban areas being defined by the development limits of the particular settlements concerned.


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.
There are developments of a scale or type which would generate significant increases in the number of trips made on the existing transport network. In certain circumstances this additional demand may necessitate changes to the highway layout or public transport services. The primary purpose of the Traffic Impact Assessment is to inform the Department of the projected traffic impacts that would arise if the development were to be approved and to enable these projections to be taken into account in determining planning applications.


The Department has outlined a network of distributor roads in the Larne West Study to facilitate housing development in this area (1)
Larne West represents a substantial area of land available for housing in Larne Town. As such there will be a requirement for major road infrastructure to facilitate access to the area for both private and public transport. The department in the Larne West Study has outlined the distributor road network and landscaping framework which will be used to co-ordinate development in this area.


The Department will require the provision of full operational car parking..
This is necessary to ensure that an undue burden is not placed on the existing public car parking spaces. In addition the provision of non-operational car parking by developers will be assessed after consideration of the following:
  • access and traffic management;
  • environmental impact;
  • level of car parking which can be provided within the site being developed;
  • the availability of adjacent parking;
  • the acceptable level of local on-street car parking.
The Department may require developers who cannot provide adequate car parking on the site to contribute, by agreement, to the cost of public car parking in the vicinity.
The Department operates a number of car parks within the Borough which meet a variety of local needs. The use of these car parks will be monitored to ensure that the most effective use of this resource is made.
(1) Larne West Storey DOE 1991.
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