Major housing development planned for Irvinestown

A PROPOSED planning application for almost 70 new homes in Irvinestown would ‘boost the local economy’ if given the green light.
In June an application was submitted for the proposed development of 68 new homes; 12 detached houses, 56 semi-detached houses and three domestic garages south west of the Ardlougher Road on the edge of Irvinestown. Modification of the Ardlougher Road’s junction with the Lisnarick road was also submitted for consideration.
The proposed development lies on the western side of Irvinestown, near to St Paul’s Primary school and a number of established businesses. The Ardlougher road runs for approximately two and a half miles linking Irvinestown to Lisnarick.
The planning application is due to be discussed at the upcoming meeting of the Council’s planning committee tomorrow evening. Papers before the committee outline a recommendation to approve planning permission for the development.
Local Councillor John McClaughry was upbeat about the proposals, saying “New homes are to be welcomed, there is always a housing shortage and Irvinestown is half way between Omagh and Enniskillen and this gives families opportunities.
“There are good schools in the area and it is a prime location. This would help the local businesses as well because Irvinestown mainly has privately owned shops.
“While Irvinestown is classified as a town it has a village infrastructure in terms of local shops and businesses. The residents staying in these houses will contribute to the local economy.”
The developer, Classic Hall Ltd has a registered address as Northern Bank House, Main Street, Kesh. Active director for the company is David Mahon, a well-known local property developer.
A total of seven public comments were made on the application, each comment listed was an objection made to the development.
The outcome of the proposed development is yet to be decided by Council this week. If approved the new homes in Irvinestown could be set to be the latest in a housing boost for Fermanagh.
The Herald previously reported that the property market in Enniskillen was set for a residential boost with over 500 new homes in the pipeline.

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