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Magherafelt Area Plan 2015
Settlements: Straw

Designation SW 01 Settlement Development Limit
A settlement development limit is designated as identified on Map No. 27 - Straw.

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The settlement development limit is designated to include existing development commitments and provide development opportunities in line with the scale, character and role of this compact settlement, while preventing ribboning and urban sprawl into the surrounding countryside. It excludes lands of high environmental quality and wildlife value to the east of the settlement, and along the White Water River and its environs.
Designation SW 02 Local Landscape Policy Area
A Local Landscape Policy Area is designated as identified on Map No. 1 - Countryside and Map No. 27 - Straw.
Those features or combination of features that contribute to the environmental quality, integrity or character of this area are listed below:
  • St Columbkille’s (RC) Church is a locally significant building and a local landmark within the settlement. Attractive views of the church are seen across the countryside and local fields, on the southern approach, where the hill-slopes also form a backdrop to the settlement;
  • Several river and stream corridors cross the area. Trees and scrub along these watercourses make them wildlife corridors, and together with some strong hedgerows, and a network of farm lanes, characterise a traditional rural landscape;
  • A series of flax, corn and sawmills, millraces and ponds were powered by water taken from the White Water to the Moyola River. These are a good example of the extent to which a small area with a dispersed rural community could support several industries, in the past. The mill buildings, some of them still in use, reflect a historic settlement pattern that is often much less obvious elsewhere;
  • To the north-west of the settlement a rath, a historic monument, occupies a prominent site on a river cliff on the northern bank of the River Moyola.
Policy for the control of development in Local Landscape Policy Areas is contained in Policy CON 2 in Part 2 of the Plan.
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