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Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas (LLPAs) (Page 2 of 2)

Designation MNY 46 Local Landscape Policy Area Hazelbank
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Hazelbank as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and clarification Map No. 2v - Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas, showing the full extent of LLPAs affecting Metropolitan Newtownabbey.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below:-
  • Area of local amenity importance – Includes Hazelbank Park, which comprises a bowling green, playground and Macedon Point, situated along the eastern side of Shore Road. A coastal path and part of the national cycle network from which there are important views of Belfast Lough; and
  • Area of local nature conservation interest - Includes significant tree coverage, including some specimen trees, and roadside planting.
Designation MNY 47 Local Landscape Policy Area Loughshore Park
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Loughshore Park as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and clarification Map No. 2v - Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas, showing the full extent of LLPAs affecting Metropolitan Newtownabbey.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below:-
  • Area of local amenity importance – Includes Jordanstown Loughshore Park, adjacent to the shore line, with pedestrian linkage along the promenade and important views of Belfast Lough. A war memorial and playground are situated within the formal park; and
  • Area of local nature conservation interest - Mature trees are located within this area with roadside planting which has acquired landscape value.
Designation MNY 48 Local Landscape Policy Area M5 Lagoon
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at M5 Lagoon as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and clarification Map No. 2v - Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas, showing the full extent of LLPAs affecting Metropolitan Newtownabbey.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below:-
  • Archaeological site and monuments and their surroundings – Includes an unnamed mound site and 17th century bawn site within the townland of Whitehouse;
  • Area of local amenity importance – Includes Gideon’s Green and Whitehouse Lagoon, from which there are important views of Belfast Lough; and
  • Area of local nature conservation interest - Comprises a number of mixed mature trees, particularly along the northern boundary and partially along the eastern boundary.
Designation MNY 49 Local Landscape Policy Area Mossley Mill
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Mossley Mill as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and clarification Map No. 2v - Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas, showing the full extent of LLPAs affecting Metropolitan Newtownabbey.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below:-
  • Area of local amenity importance – Includes the grounds of the refurbished Mill complex for Newtownabbey Council Offices namely, Mossley Mill Civic Centre with restored Mill Pond, adjacent to the Three Mile Water; and
  • Area of local nature conservation interest – Includes landscape planting of deciduous trees, mature shrubs and a pond that acts as a wildlife refuge. Contains flora and fauna of biodiversity value.
Designation MNY 50 Local Landscape Policy Area Rathcoole
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Rathcoole as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and clarification Map No. 2v - Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas, showing the full extent of LLPAs affecting Metropolitan Newtownabbey.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below:-
  • Area of local amenity importance – Includes Rathcoole Youth and Community Centre and The Diamond People’s Park with associated playing fields, within a built up residential area.
Designation MNY 51 Local Landscape Policy Area Rathmore
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Rathmore as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and clarification Map No. 2v - Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas, showing the full extent of LLPAs affecting Metropolitan Newtownabbey.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below:-
  • Archaeological sites and monuments and their surroundings – Includes an unnamed but scheduled Bivallate rath site in the townland of Ballyduff. Thissite is situated on high ground, within a housing estate, from which there are extensive views in an easterly direction.
Designation MNY 52 Local Landscape Policy Area Sandyknowes
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Sandyknowes as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and clarification Map No. 2v - Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas, showing the full extent of LLPAs affecting Metropolitan Newtownabbey.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below:-
  • Archaeological sites and monuments and their surroundings – Includes an unnamed site, which is considered to be an ancient church; and
  • Area of local nature conservation interest – Includes Sandyknowes Parkland, which comprises significant mixed tree planting that has acquired landscape value.
Designation MNY 53 Local Landscape Policy Area Three Mile Water
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Three Mile Water as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and clarification Map No. 2v - Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas, showing the full extent of LLPAs affecting Metropolitan Newtownabbey.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below:-
  • Archaeological sites and monument and their surroundings – Includes a number of un-named sites: standing stone (unlocated) in the townland of Ballyhowne; mound in Ballyduff; enclosure and souterrain in Crogfern and souterrain in the townland of Jordanstown;
  • Area of local amenity importance – Includes Three Mile Water Playing Fields,and a number of pedestrian and cycle routes; and
  • Area of local nature conservation interest – Comprises an extensive river corridor linking Belfast Lough Shoreline to Mossley Mill pond, with extensive areas of woodland including Three Mile Water Conservation Park and Monkstown Wood Woodland Trust. Mixed shrubs and mature tree coverage is found along the western boundary, adjacent to the Doagh Road.
Designation MNY 54 Local Landscape Policy Area University of Ulster
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at the University of Ulster as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and clarification Map No. 2v - Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas, showing the full extent of LLPAs affecting Metropolitan Newtownabbey.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below:
  • Archaeological sites and monuments and their surroundings – Includes a number of unnamed sites: souterrain adjacent to the Silver Stream; raised rath, souterrain and enclosure all within the townland of Jordanstown;
  • Listed building and its surrounding – Includes Dalriada, University of Ulster, Jordanstown;
  • Area of local amenity importance – Includes the playing fields and tennis courts associated with the University of Ulster and the playing fields adjacent to Jordanstown Special School. Also comprises planned open space within the University grounds; and
  • Area of local nature conservation interest – Comprises mixed tree planting and grass swathes associated with the planned open space within the University. The Silver Stream bounds and traverses this area, extending to the north, forminga landscape buffer and wildlife corridor, which contains development at Meadowlands.
The northeastern portion of the University of Ulster LLPA falls within Carrickfergus Countryside and is identified on Map No. 1 – Carrickfergus Countryside within the Carrickfergus District Proposals (See Map No. 2/028 – University of Ulster Local Landscape Policy Area for clarification).
Designation MNY 55 Local Landscape Policy Area Valley/Glas-Na-Bradan
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated at Valley/Glas-Na-Bradan as identified on Map No. 2a – Metropolitan Newtownabbey and clarification Map No. 2v - Metropolitan Newtownabbey Local Landscape Policy Areas, showing the full extent of LLPAs affecting Metropolitan Newtownabbey.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of these areas are listed below:-
  • Archaeological sites and monuments and their surroundings – Includes a number of unnamed sites: souterrain (unlocated) in the townland of Dunanney and an enclosure (unlocated) and mound (unlocated) in Whitehouse. The Church of Coole site, a modern church on the site of a medieval church with well and Drumnadrough Fort site, a platform rath in State Care;
  • Area of local amenity importance – Includes the Valley Leisure Centre complex with associated playing fields, recreational facilities and public paths, creating a grassland and valley between Cavehill and Carnmoney Hill, a Jewish Burial Ground along Church Road and Carnmoney Cemetery along Prince Charles Way; and
  • Area of local nature conservation interest – Includes the wooded Glas na Braden river corridor, which contains managed parkland and forms part of the Ulster Way. The river corridor links into the Foreshore Lagoon to the southeast and Carnmoney Hill via Carnmoney cemetery to the northwest. The site contains a wealth of flora and fauna of biodiversity value.

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