Larne Area Plan 2010
Policies and Proposals
In order to protect the viability of the adjacent commercial core, only uses compatible with those existing will be acceptable. Appropriate uses may be defined as residential, retail services, hotels, restaurants, bars, banking, estate agents and other office uses. (See Town Centre Proposals Map No. 5.) Outside the town centre such uses will only be acceptable on appropriate sites and subject to the normal planning and environmental criteria. The Town Centre boundary encompasses a number of sub areas each with its own distinctive characteristics which will be respected.
The area is one of mixed use including community services, residential, offices, open space and car parking. A major consideration in deciding planning applications will be the likely general effect generally on amenity and in particular residential amenity.
Riverdale contains three fifteen storey blocks of flats, is surrounded by roads and has a unique character. The area has a run down appearance at present and has suffered from a lack of investment. It contains a parade of shops, retail uses in a converted factory, and the main central government offices in the town.
Small retail units or alternatively residential development would be the most suitable uses for the vacated market yard.
The Glynn Road area has retained its traditional residential character assisted by a recent residential redevelopment at Meadow Park. It is considered that the essential character of the area should remain unaltered.
Circular Road is dominated by car parks and roads. The area is of mixed use containing some residential and industrial uses, the RUC station and the railway station. Applications for change of use from residential to non-residential may be acceptable depending on the nature of the proposal and the effect on residential amenity.
These will include painting schemes, planting, paving and refurbishment of walls and fences (see Town Centre Proposals Map No. 5).
Station Road is expected to continue as an area of mainly residential properties in close proximity to the commercial core. The street contains a small number of commercial properties but is mainly residential in character. Consequently the Department is unlikely to approve any new retail developments in Station Road. (see Town Centre Proposals Map No. 5).
Applications to change the use of these properties to office or retail use are unlikely to be approved. (See Town Centre Proposals Map No. 5).
Office development will continue to be concentrated within the established Town Centre to help reinforce the existing administrative and service function of the town. Large scale office development is defined as 200 sq. m. and medium scale as 60-200 sq. m.