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Fermanagh Area Plan 2007
Economy: Zone 1 Crom

The sensitivity of the landscape character of this zone and its national and international importance for wildlife and nature conservation interest suggest limited potential for tourism or recreational development. A major landscape and heritage feature in this zone is the National Trust property at Crom, with its listed buildings and historic demesne. This property already attracts a significant number of tourists and has further potential to develop. Proposals for additional development at Crom should respect the historic demesne. There may be scope to re-use and restore traditional buildings for tourist accommodation.
The Shannon-Erne Waterway enters Lough Erne within this zone through Corraquill Lock. There is potential to exploit this major tourism attraction through sensitively sited, appropriate facilities.
Given the relative lack of tourist accommodation in this zone there may be potential for farm guest house accommodation and well located small scale chalet development.
The deep water channels within this zone facilitate cruiser traffic but, where channels are narrow and shorelines are soft, they are vulnerable to erosion. Where waters are more open and shores are harder and sheltered there may be potential for new jetties which are in keeping with the landscape character of the area and have no adverse impact on nature conservation interests. Shallow waters and bays which support diverse habitats, rare plant species and animal life are vulnerable to disturbance.
Inland, many of the loughs are of nature conservation and fishing interest. Most have soft shores but may have potential for suitably sited additional fishing stands, small car parks and picnic sites
Proposals which result in noisy activities causing a detrimental effect on the amenity of the area will not be permitted.
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