Fermanagh Area Plan 2007
Environment: Man Env 2 Areas of Townscape or Village Character
The Department designates Areas of Townscape Character in Enniskillen and Irvinestown And Areas of Village Character in:-
Whilst the Planning Service appreciates that all settlements have their own unique identity, there are certain towns and villages which exhibit a distinct character based on their historic built form. This is particularly the case with the central areas of towns and larger villages which date from Plantation times. In the areas designated the Planning Service will seek to protect and enhance their character by ensuring that all proposals for new development are sympathetic in scale, massing and design and contribute to the appearance and character of the area. In due course such areas may be assessed as possible Conservation Areas and, if appropriate, programmed for designation.
Elsewhere within settlements new development should be well designed and relate satisfactorily to townscape or village setting. In particular new housing development in villages should reinforce local character rather than mask it with typical suburban forms. Special attention will also be paid to the entrances to towns and villages.
Many of the smaller villages, where an Area of Village Character has not been designated, display an essentially rural character. Proposals for development in these villages must therefore reflect this rural character in their scale, design and layout.