Larne Area Plan 2010
Policies & Proposals: Tourism
Larne Borough is one of the most scenically impressive areas of Northern Ireland and has the potential to attract larger numbers of tourists than already visit the Borough. The principal attractions of the Borough include the coast, the glens of Glencloy and Glenarm, the Islandmagee peninsula and the Antrim Coast and Glens A.O.N.B. which takes in a large part of the Borough to the north of Larne Town.
A number of tourist schemes have been developed in the Borough, for example Carnfunnock Country Park and at Browns Bay. Additional facilities will be concentrated in the main tourist nodes in the Borough namely:- Carnlough, Glenarm, Carnfunnock, Browns Bay, Portmuck and Larne Town. The Borough Council intends to upgrade and expand existing visitor facilities over the Plan period. Details of the proposals relating to particular settlements will be contained in the relevant settlement sections Tourism makes an important contribution to the local economy and has the potential for considerable future growth. It is important however that the development of this potential does not take place at the expense of the natural and man made assets which the Borough possesses.
The Northern Ireland Tourist Board document, ‘Tourism in Northern Ireland – a Sustainable Approach’ sets out the principles of sustainable tourism which involves using resources in ways which do not deprive future generations of their availability or benefits. ‘Sustainability’ need not be at odds with economic growth as long as that growth is not achieved at the expense of the natural or man-made environment. The principles of sustainability will be applied by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board in assessing tourist proposals throughout Northern Ireland.
The promotion of tourism is the responsibility of Larne Borough Council which in addition to marketing tourism is also primarily responsible for the initiation and implementation of major tourist developments in the Borough, e.g. Carnfunnock Country Park. The Council also have a continuing programme to improve and upgrade existing visitor facilities in the Borough including proposals to reinstate the former Gobbins pathway system which has fallen into disrepair.
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