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Fermanagh Area Plan 2007
Proposals: Lisnaskea Town Centre

The commercial centre of Lisnaskea is busy and prosperous and contains some attractive open spaces which were formerly occupied by the various markets selling agricultural produce such as the Buttermarket. The main shopping area is concentrated along the Main Street.
The Department has delineated a town centre boundary to contain the future commercial expansion of the town. Within this area, the Department will encourage new retail development and the refurbishment of existing floor space for retail purposes.
Proposals for other commercial uses will be assessed on their locational merits and on their potential impact on the town centre.
Lisnaskea has a long history, having been established as a new town by Sir James Balfour around 1619. The town has a distinct linear form, consisting of a single street, the curve of which adds much to its interest and provides a degree of enclosure. A considerable number of buildings contribute to the quality of the townscape some of which are listed as being of architectural and/or historic interest. There are fine individual buildings, such as Balfour Castle and the Holy Trinity and Holy Cross Churches which occupy dominant hilltop locations. In view of the historical association of the town and castle, the original village street and in view of a need to control likely future redevelopment, the Department has designated part of the town centre as a Conservation Area. An Area of Archacological Potential has also been defined in the town (see Plan Policy Man Env 6).Within this area in the context of redevelopment the Department may seek the cooperation of developers in arranging investigation, within the constraints of their proposed development programme, so that the archaeological heritage of the town can be examined and recorded or preserved, as appropriate in the public interest.
Environmental improvements in the town centre are proposed as part of the CRISP scheme and these include landscaping and new street furniture. An Opportunity Site is identified to the west of the town centre and the Department will consider using Comprehensive Development Area powers to assemble this land.
This would allow for an extension of town centre uses, provision of car parking and removal of dereliction.
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