CS4 Rural Landscape Wedges

Rural Landscape Wedges are designated at the following locations as shown on the District Proposals Maps in order to prevent coalescence between settlements and to maintain the open character of these areas:

  • Greenisland and Jordanstown
  • Carrickfergus and Greenisland

Development within a designated Rural Landscape Wedge will only be permitted where it can be demonstrated that:

  1. the proposed use is either conducive to or enhances the open character of the Rural Landscape Wedge;
  2. the proposal respects the rural setting in terms of layout and design and minimises visual intrusion into the landscape; and
  3. does not contribute to the coalescence between settlements.

Justification and Amplification

Rural Landscape Wedges have a strategic function to prevent coalescence between settlements and to protect the open nature of land between settlements and urban areas. The spread of development into these areas is likely to result in the incremental loss of green space, which if left unchecked could promote an undesirable trend towards the coalescence of settlements. This in turn would compromise the individual identity and setting of settlements as well as the quality of the landscape separating them. The policy therefore aims to resist development proposals that would fail to maintain the open character of these Rural Landscape Wedges.

Designated Rural Landscape Wedges will:

  • distinguish and maintain the separate identities and settings of the settlements of Greenisland and Metropolitan Newtownabbey at Jordanstown.
  • distinguish and maintain the separate identities and settings of the settlements of Carrickfergus and Greenisland.

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