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Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Doagh Background

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Doagh is situated approximately 4 km west of Ballyclare Town Centre and is set in an attractive, undulating part of the Six Mile Water Valley. The narrow Doagh River, mill building and remnant parkland are focal points within the settlement.
The settlement originated in medieval times and contains the ruins of the medieval parish church and graveyard together with a Norman motte.
The village developed further in the 1700s with the building of Fisherwick Lodge and associated game park, stable block and hotel. The industrial heritage of Doagh has greatly influenced the later development of the settlement. The Doagh Flax Spinning Company was established in the mid 19th Century and in the late 1890s Doagh Railway Station was constructed linking the village to Ballyclare. Today Doagh acts primarily as a commuter settlement.
Designation DH 01 Settlement Development Limit Doagh  
A Settlement Development Limit is designated for Doagh as identified on Map No. 8a - Doagh.  
The Settlement Development Limit is designated to take account of land committed for development. It also takes account of the role of the settlement whilst protecting its natural setting.
The designated Settlement Development Limit is designated to promote a compact settlement form and prevent inappropriate expansion into the countryside along the five roads leading from the settlement, and prevent coalescence with Ballyclare to the east. Further development opportunities exist along the Mill Road, south east of Carson Terrace and along either side of the Doagh Road between Station Road and the Burn Road.
The Settlement Development Limit for Doagh recognises the Doagh River as a natural limit to further development to the west of the settlement, north of the Ballymena Road. The limit includes Fisherwick House and parkland, a listed building and a supplementary Historic Park, Garden and Demesne.
The limit has been drawn to include the Doagh Primary School, the various Churches and Community Halls, a Public House and the number of retail/business premises.
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