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Larne Area Plan 2010
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The Department will protect areas of Significant Archaeological Interest from inappropriate development.
The designation of the overall setting in which a number of individual and related monuments are located, or an area of historic landscape, as an Area of Significant Archaeological Interest, is intended to protect the individual sites or monuments and their setting from inappropriate development. An upland area containing a number of prehistoric and later archaeological sites and monuments in the townlands of Dunteige, Ballycoos, Drains Bog, Linford, Loughduff, Sallagh and Ballyhackett and known as Knockdhu, is designated as an Area of Significant Archaeological Interest. (map 1)


The Department will protect sites and the settings of monuments in state care or which may be taken into state care. Proposals for development in the vicinity of these monuments which would be likely to have an adverse affect on the sites or their settings will not be permitted. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of the proposal on:–
  1. the area of historic landscape in which the site or monument functioned
  2. critical views of and from the site or monument
  3. the access and public approaches to the site or monument
  4. the understanding and enjoyment of the site or monument by visitors.

    Larne Borough has at present two monuments in state care, Olderfleet Castle on Curran Point, Larne, the remains of a tower house and Ballylumford Dolmen, a portal tomb.


The Department will consider the designation of additional Conservation Areas in Larne Borough to safeguard areas considered to be of historic and architectural interest.
The Department has designated two Conservation Areas, in Glenarm in 1978 and Carnlough in 1981, where it was felt that the historic and architectural character of the townscape was worthy of conservation. Such a designation also acts as a stimulus for economic regeneration and enhancement strategies were produced for both areas in 1991, followed by design guides in 1994.
These design guides emphasise the importance of consistent high standards of design. It is important to ensure that the unique character of these villages is protected and enhanced by new development and that all development complements the best of the existing built environment. Grant assistance is available for building works which contribute to the character of the Conservation Area.
The Department proposes to designate a further Conservation Area in Glenoe. It is considered that this settlement has a unique character by virtue of the existing buildings and surrounding land forms. The boundary of the proposed Conservation Area will be determined following further study and consultation with the Historic Buildings Council.
The Department also proposes to designate a Conservation Area in Raloo. This small settlement represents one of the few remaining 'clachan' settlements in East Antrim and is in danger of losing its form and structure through new development. Proposals for the settlement will be determined following further study and consultation with the Department's Environment and Heritage Service.


The Department will protect the following historic parks, gardens and demesnes in Larne Borough:–
Garron Point, Glenarm Castle, Carnfunnock, Drumalis, Magheramorne, Red Hall, Kilwaughter.
Country Houses set in landscaped parkland or within demesnes are an important part of the landscape in Larne Borough. The Department has identified a number of these parks, gardens and demesnes which are considered to represent a significant historic and landscape resource.
Other parks, gardens and demesnes retain only some elements of their original form. In the event of development being approved within these, the co-operation of developers in arranging the evaluation and recording of particular features or landscaped areas may be sought, so that knowledge of this part of our landscape heritage is not lost.


The Department will facilitate the sympathetic restoration of buildings of historic/architectural interest particularly where they are at risk from dereliction or demolition.
In an effort to increase public awareness of historic buildings in need of restoration, the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society in association with Environment Service publishes 'Buildings at Risk', a series of catalogues of historic and important buildings in Northern Ireland which appear to be under threat. This includes a number of buildings in the Larne Borough which the Department would wish to see sympathetically restored.
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