Fermanagh Area Plan 2007
Proposals: Irvinestown Recreation/Open Space Zoning
The town is currently well served with recreational facilities. The Bawn Acre Centre at Burfits Hill, which was recently extended, contains a multi-purpose hall, handball and squash courts, cafeteria and social area, activity rooms and changing rooms together with adjoining outdoor playing fields and an all weather pitch At the neighbouring Necarne Castle, Fermanagh District Council is currently developing a new equestrian centre, comprising both indoor and outdoor arenas and a cross country eventing course. This area also acts as a pleasant passive open space resource for the town.
The GAA has a County pitch at St Molaise’s Park and there are a number of school playing fields and local amenity areas within the town including the small Fairgreen.
The Department will seek to retain all areas of existing public and private open space within the town in their present use.
Where there is pressure to develop and change the use of open space, the Department will ensure its retention except where community need no longer exists and no particular amenity attaches to the land.
In consultation with Fermanagh District Council, the Department has zoned land at the following location to meet the town’s future recreation/open space needs. In addition play areas should be provided during the Plan period as required in association with new housing developments (see Plan Policy H3).
R1 Castle Street - a 2.2ha level site which is suitable for development by Fermanagh District Council in conjunction with existing outdoor facilities at the Bawn Acre Centre or in association with the equestrian centre development at Necarne Castle.