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Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Newtownabbey Countryside and Coast Natural Environment

Areas of International and National Nature Conservation Importance

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A number of areas of international and national nature conservation importance are located in the Newtownabbey Borough coastal area. These designations are mainly in recognition of the Lough’s support for international breeding birds such as the Redshank tringa totanus in winter as well as several waterfowl species.
They comprise the following:-
  • Belfast Lough Ramsar Site;
  • Belfast Lough Special Protection Area (SPA);
  • Outer Belfast Lough Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI);and
  • Inner Belfast Lough Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI).
These areas of International and National Importance are identified on Map No. 2 - Environmental Designations (Parts 1-3, Volume 1) and Map Nos. 20b – 20e. Further details are contained within the Countryside Assessment Technical Supplement.
Development proposals within or adjoining these areas will be considered in accordance with prevailing regional policy as set out in PPS 2 Planning and Nature Conservation.
Areas of international and national nature conservation designations are also designated as Areas of Constraint on Mineral Development under Plan designation NY05.
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