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Carnlough, with a population of 1493 in 1991, is situated 24 kms to the north of Larne on the Coast Road at the foot of Glencloy. The village developed originally around the harbour and later expanded following the arc of the bay.
The village lies within the Antrim Coast and Glens A.O.N.B. The old village core was designated a Conservation Area in January 1981. This recognised the original form of the settlement and the considerable number of listed buildings. (See Village Map.)
Included within the proposed village limit are several sites which are intended to cater for its further development.
Two potential development sites are located in the North of the village at Croft Road with a third in the south of the village with access from the Ballymena Road. The development site to the north of Croft Road has an elevated position and will be considered suitable for only single storey low density development of appropriate design in keeping with the character of the village.
The remainder of the Local Enterprise Development Unit site to the rear of Croft Road will be developed for small scale and compatible industrial/business uses. (See Village Map)
Environmental improvements are proposed at Hurry Head and the Harbour Area.
Carnlough has benefited from considerable regeneration work at Harbour Road and High Street through Environmental Improvement Schemes. Further proposals include the provision of tourist facilities at Harbour house and a railway to link the harbour with the derelict limestone quarry where a variety of activities will be provided for visitors.
Extensions to the existing large static caravan site within the village or the provision of additional sites will be resisted in order to protect the amenity of the village.
There is a large static caravan site within the village which has reached its capacity. Carnlough is a popular tourist destination and possesses a hotel and several guest houses. Additional permanent tourist accommodation will be encouraged subject to satisfactory design.
Within the Conservation Area, all new development will be expected to complement existing good elevational treatment and make a positive contribution to the Conservation Area as a whole. The design of all new buildings in relation to scale, mass and proportion, as well as the materials and finishes will require careful consideration.(1)
This may best be achieved by the use of traditional (vernacular) building forms and materials.
(1) Detailed guidance is contained in the Carnlough Design Guide 1994, available from the Ballymena Divisional Planning Office.
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