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Larne Area Plan 2010
Sewerage Services: Policies and Proposals


The Department has identified a location for the sewage treatment works for Larne Town.
The Water Executive proposes to upgrade the sewerage facilities in Larne town by the construction of a new sewage treatment works. It is proposed to locate the new works adjacent to the Harbour Highway in what is now part of the existing lagoon. The works will be fully enclosed with sophisticated odour control facilities.
Associated with this work it is proposed that the existing pumping station at Drains Bay be upgraded, new pumping stations be provided in Larne Town at Murrayfield and Sandy Bay and two at Ballygalley. The existing treatment works at Blackcave and Glynn will also be replaced by pumping stations as part of this major programme of investment (see PU1).


The Department will facilitate the upgrading of the existing sewage treatment works which are at or near capacity by the end of the plan period.
There are existing sewage treatment works at:–
Several of these works are at or near capacity and it would be the intention of the Water Executive to upgrade such works during the Plan period, subject to finance being available.
There are at present no sewage treatment works serving the communities of Carnlough, Glenarm, Millbay, Browns Bay, Ferris Bay, Kilwaughter, Magheramorne and Ballygalley.


The Department will seek to ensure that planning permission is not granted for development which would suffer loss of amenity from smell nuisance on land within 300 m of a major sewage treatment works.
When dealing with new developments in the proximity of a major treatment works the Department will have regard to the following:
  • the nature and capacity of the treatment works.
  • local topography.
  • prevailing wind direction.
  • screening and disposition of existing development.
  • the nature of the proposed development.
  • the precise position of the actual smell source within the boundary of the works.
  • the advice of the Environmental Health Officer.
The acceptability of development adjacent to smaller sewage treatment works within the Borough will also be evaluated on the basis of these considerations.
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