Larne Area Plan 2010
Ballycarry is situated 10 kms south of Larne and west of the main Larne-Carrickfergus Road (A2) and had a 1991 population of 1010. The village developed historically in linear form with Main Street extending along the edge of an escarpment.
The Department has defined a development limit for the village which includes land to the north along Hillhead Road as far as the Presbyterian Church and the hall on the opposite side of the road.
This will permit the consolidation of the existing settlement.
The Department has included 6.8 hectares of land to the north of West Street and 7.02 hectares of land to the south of Island Road.
This will facilitate small scale developments, offer variety and choice of sites and consolidate the village.
The Department proposes to make environmental improvements to Main Street.
The street presents a rather run down image at present and it is proposed to improve this area by means of an Environmental Improvement Scheme as indicated on the Village Map. The scheme will include improvements to pavements, a painting scheme and removal of unsightly overhead wires.
Two areas of open space are proposed within the village.
One site is located to the south of the settlement along the line of the escarpment and includes a stand of significant trees. The other area of open space is located to the east of Main Street and to the south of Island Road. (See Village Map.)
The Department intends to protect from development an area identified as being of considerable archaeological significance.
This area is located to the south of the village and within the development limit. It is defined by Bridgend Road, Manse Road and the Main Bentra Road. (See Village Map.)
Further archaeological remains associated with earlier settlement and with the site of the medieval church of Brakenberghe, identified as located to the rear of West Street and Main Street, may exist within the village.
Developers should consult with the Department at the earliest opportunity to allow evaluation of any archaeological discovery. This will enable the formulation of a strategy to record the artefacts and the preparation of a programme of excavation if necessary.
Potential developers of any site within the village are advised to consult with the Department at an early stage of the design of their schemes as special drainage measures to deal with surface water run off will be required.