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Cookstown Area Plan 2010
Policy Framework: Conservation (Page 3 of 5)

Regional Planning Context

The Regional Development Strategy (RDS) deals with the issues that link the natural and the built heritage. It recognises that a range of statutory measures is appropriate, such as designations for conservation and protection, while promoting good stewardship of all our environmental resources and cultural heritage. The RDS aims to encourage appreciation and care of both the natural and man-made elements within the environment together by:
  • conserving the natural environment;
  • protecting and managing the Northern Ireland coastline; and
  • conserving the built environment.
The Department's regional planning policies for the protection of conservation interests in Cookstown District are currently set out in PPS 2: Planning and Nature Conservation, and PPS 6: Planning, Archaeology and the Built Heritage. PPS 2 contains policies for the hierarchy of sites of nature conservation importance. It also addresses trees and woodlands, protection of species and peatlands. PPS 6 contains policies for archaeological sites and monuments and listed buildings including industrial heritage sites, conservation areas and historic parks, gardens and demesnes. It also addresses non-listed vernacular buildings.
Plan Policy CON 1 Sites of Local Nature Conservation Importance
Sites of Local Nature Conservation Importance are designated at the following locations:
Ardpatrick Lough, Eagles Rock, Evishanoran, Gortmore Moss, Grange, Grange Fault, Killey Bridge, Killycolpy Wood, Killymoon Estate Wood, Lissan Water, Lissan Wood, Lough Fea, Lough Fea Blanket Bog, Oughtmore Mountain, Parknamoney Wood, Roughan Lough, Ruskey Cottage Wood, Slieve Gallion, Springhill Wood, Stuart Hall, Tirnaskea Wood, and Tullylagan Manor Wood.
Special consideration will be given to the protection of nature conservation interests on or adjacent to these sites when determining planning applications. Planning permission will not normally be granted to development proposals that would have a significant detrimental affect on the intrinsic nature conservation interests of the site. Where a development is permitted which would adversely affect such interests, the Department will endeavour to ensure that effects are kept to a minimum and/or appropriate mitigation measures are agreed.
Sites of Local Nature Conservation Importance are identified and designated on the basis of their flora, fauna or earth science interest. In assessing development proposals on or adjacent to these sites priority will normally be given to the protection of their nature conservation interests. Where development can be accommodated, planning permission will normally be subject to conditions in order to protect the conservation interest or to provide appropriate mitigation measures. Where appropriate, developers may be asked to enter a planning agreement under Article 40 of the Planning (NI) Order 1991 to secure these outcomes.
The designated Sites of Local Nature Conservation Importance are indicated by symbol on District Map No. 1. Full details of their precise boundaries are shown in Map Nos 5-26.
Plan Policy CON 2 Local Landscape Policy Areas
Local Landscape Policy Areas are designated in and adjoining Cookstown and the following villages:
Ardtrea, Ballinderry, Ballylifford, Churchtown, Coagh, Desertcreat, Drapersfield, Drummullan, Dunnamore, Dunman, Killeenan, Moneymore, Pomeroy, Stewartstown, The Rock, and Tullyhogue.
The Department will operate a general presumption against development proposals within these areas. Exceptions will normally only be permitted where:
  • the development is for open space purposes and will not adversely affect the intrinsic environmental value and character of the area; or
  • the development is in accordance with the requirements and guidance set out for each of these areas in Part 3 of the Plan.
There is a need to respect and protect the natural and man-made environment in and adjoining Cookstown and the District's villages where development pressures are normally greatest. Local Landscape Policy Areas (LLPAs) are those areas within or adjoining settlements which are considered to be of greatest amenity value, landscape quality or local significance and therefore worthy of protection from undesirable or damaging development.
They may include:
  • archaeological sites and monuments and their surroundings;
  • listed and other locally important buildings and their surroundings;
  • river banks and shore lines and associated public access;
  • attractive vistas, localised hills and other areas of local amenity importance; and
  • areas of local nature conservation importance, including areas of woodland and important tree groups.
LLPAs within Cookstown and the District's villages can help to ensure that new development does not dominate their distinctive landscape and townscape characteristics. They can also function as buffer zones between different uses and help reduce the likelihood of over-intensive development. LLPAs located beyond the limits of these settlements will help protect those features considered of greatest importance to the local landscape setting. The use of Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) will be considered for those LLPAs where trees contribute significantly to visual amenity or where trees are considered under threat from development.
The LLPAs are identified on the relevant Settlement Maps and further information on each area is set out in Part 3 of the Plan.
Plan Policy CON 3 Local Landmarks and Important Views
Local Landmarks and important views are identified within Cookstown and the villages.
Special consideration will be given to the impact of proposals on local landmarks and important views when determining planning applications. Planning permission will normally only be granted to proposals, which by virtue of their sympathetic location, siting and design, respect local landmarks and protect important views.
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