Fermanagh Area Plan 2007
Social Base: Towns
The three main towns in Fermanagh are
Enniskillen is the principal town and has experienced substantial growth over the last 20 years. It is anticipated on the basis of past trends that this rate of growth could continue over the Plan period which would result in a population increase from 12,260 in 1991 to just under 14,000 in 2007. Lisnaskea has also experienced significant growth over the last 20 years and the population could increase to 3,000 during the Plan period. Irvinestown has experienced only slight growth over the last 20 years and this has resulted in a significant area of land within the town remaining undeveloped. With improved prospects for economic growth, the population may reach 2,500 by the end of the Plan period.
Limits of development have been defined for each town and areas zoned for the principal land uses so as to allow for properly structured urban growth. The limits will also protect the individual characters of each town and limit ribbon development and urban sprawl in the surrounding countryside. The limits have been defined and land zoned following an analysis of development trends in each town and an evaluation of environmental issues, physical features and availability of services. (Further details are contained in the Countryside Assessment Supplement and Technical Supplement) .
Consultation has also been carried out with statutory agencies, community groups and Fermanagh District Council. Limits of development and specific land-use zonings provide guidance and a degree of certainty for the private developer and assist public agencies in decisions concerning infrastructural improvements.
Note: In the case of Enniskillen the limit defines the inner edge of the Green Belt.