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Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan 2015
District Proposals: Straid Urban Environment

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The following Area of Village Character (AVC) is designated in Straid as identified on Map No. 9a – Straid and on clarification Map No. 9b – Straid 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 SD 03 Area of Village Character Straid
An Area of Village Character is designated in Straid as identified on Map No. 9a and on clarification Map No. 9b – Straid Area of Village Character.
Key features of the area which will be taken into account when assessing development proposals are as follows:-
  • The nineteenth century, formal, vernacular buildings in Main Street and the form of adjacent spaces;
  • Straid House, an early nineteenth century two storey dwelling and shop with classical detailing, which stands at a bend in Main Street at the north end of the village, closing the vista from Seskin Road to form a village square;
  • The Gothic inspired Straid Congregational Church (1816);
  • The eighteenth century cottages located along Main Street, opposite the Church; and
  • The cottages and two storey houses, along Seskin Avenue/Seskin Park, set in a mature landscape of gardens and rubble stone boundary walls.
All proposals will be assessed against key design criteria 4A as contained in Policy UE 3 of Part 3, Volume 1 of the Plan (See Newtownabbey District Proposals Appendix 2).
Straid is a small, single street village. The significance of the historic townscape lies in the hierarchy and varied form of its vernacular buildings, and the form of the adjacent spaces, which they define. The pattern of development along Seskin Road with its variety of cottages and two storey houses is an attractive foil for the formality of Main Street.
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