IT MAY not be quite a case of “let the boom times roll again”, yet, but with over 100 new houses planned for two Fermanagh villages, things are certainly looking up for the local property market.
Two very significant planning applications are currently with the Council. The first is for Lisbellaw, where developers are seeking permission to build a total of 77 new houses at Farnamullan Road, 23 detached and 54 semi-detached.
The second will be music to the ears of many in Ballinamallard, with an application in for the demolition of the old Duke of Westminster High School site on the Makenny Road, and the construction of 34 new two storey houses in its place.
With both developments planned for what could be seen as Enniskillen commuter villages, it certainly a vote of confidence in the town.
In addition to the above, there is currently an application in for ten luxury apartments on the Tempo Road in the town itself.
Speaking to the Herald, Lee York, from Elliott York Partnership who are agents for the Lisbellaw development, agreed the houses, which will make fantastic family homes, would likely be in demand for those working in Enniskillen.
Mr York explained the current application comes after a previous application had lapsed, the result of which meant, if approved, the development could be underway by next year.
The previous approval was for a similar design and style of housing.
“They are mainly three-bed with a number of four-bed houses,” he said.
“If planning approval goes through there are conditions the development has to start within a certain time. Hopefully it would be starting around Easter time 2019.”
If the current planning application for Farnamullan Road is approved, it could easily be said Lisbellaw is one of Fermanagh’s fastest growing villages. The recent development Bluebell Glade by PJ Treacy and Sons, for example, has been particularly popular with home buyers. It too was made up of four bedroom attached homes and three bedroom semi-detached, showing demand is high in the village.