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Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Ballyeaston Urban Environment

Areas of Village Character

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The following Area of Village Character (AVC) is designated in Ballyeaston as identified on Map No. 4a – Ballyeaston and on clarification Map No. 4b – Ballyeaston Area of Village Character.
Policy for the control of development within the AVC is contained in Policy UE 3 in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan.
Designation BN 03 Area of Village Character Ballyeaston
An Area of Village Character is designated in Ballyeaston as identified on Map No. 4a - Ballyeaston and on clarification Map No. 4b – Ballyeaston Area of Village Character.
Key features of the area which will be taken into account when assessing development proposals are as follows:-
  • The informal layout of Ballyeaston which follows the contours in an informal manner rather than the more familiar planned arrangement of a typical plantation settlement;
  • The remains of the seventeenth century church and graveyard of St Augustines;
  • The elevated late eighteenth century First Presbyterian Church, with it’s oversized classical temple form. This church was located on an elevated site to dominate the Valley of the Six Mile Water and contrast in scale with the modest adjacent cottages;
  • The main street of the village, which meanders up a steep hill and from which a variety of changing vistas are revealed; and
  • The informal layout of the buildings around the lane leading to the First Presbyterian Church.
All proposals will be assessed against key design criteria 4A, 4B as contained in Policy UE 3 in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan (See Newtownabbey District Proposals Appendix 2).
The unique form and identity of Ballyeaston is generated by a layout, which follows the contours in an informal manner rather than the more familiar planned arrangement of the typical plantation settlement. The townscape qualities of Ballyeaston depend on the relationship between its layout and the topography. This creates the form and appearance of a hill village with a clear sense of place, unique in this local landscape.
Archaeological investigations show that there has been an ecclesiastical settlement at Ballyeaston since the Middle Ages and possibly earlier. On the side of the hill overlooking the village, stand the derelict remains of the seventeenth century church and graveyard of St Augustines. Effective and sensitive management of Ballyeaston’s unique character and appearance is essential.

Area of Archaeological Potential

In accordance with PPS 6 Planning Archaeology and the Built Heritage, an Area of Archaeological Potential in Ballyeaston is included for information in the Countryside Assessment Technical Supplement. Guidance on the implications of undertaking development in this area is set out in the Urban Environment Section, in Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan.
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