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Statutory development plan for key area of Northern Ireland approved

by on September 24, 2015

Northern Ireland Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has launched a new statutory development plan designed to boost balanced growth, development and tourism in the Causeway Coast and Glens Council area.

The Northern Area Plan came into force this week. It covers around 14 per cent of Northern Ireland’s land area and over eight per cent of the Province’s population.

The blueprint recognises not only the importance of developing the larger towns of Coleraine, Limavady, Ballymoney and Moyle but also small towns and villages as rural service centres by identifying development of an appropriate scale to sustain rural communities.

It promotes the continued development of Coleraine and Limavady as main hubs, and Ballymoney and Ballycastle as local hubs as well as recognising residential, recreational and tourism potential of Portrush and Portstewart while enhancing their character and identity.

The plan Identifies appropriate development land, within the six towns of Ballykelly, Bushmills, Cushendall, Dungiven, Garvagh and Kilrea and 25 villages and 34 small settlements within the plan area.

The strategy complements existing environmental protection by designating Local Landscape Policy Areas, Sites of Local Nature Conservation Importance and the Dunluce Area of Significant Archaeological Interest with associated policies for their protection from inappropriate development.

The plan also proposes Areas of Townscape Character in Armoy, Coleraine, Limavady and Portrush where appropriate design guidance will protect their existing character.

View the press release

Roger Milne

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