Community Plan and Local Development Plan Preferred Options Paper launched for consultation

Published: 4th October 2016

Two major documents, which are significant for the future development of the Fermanagh and Omagh district, were formally launched for public consultation at an event in Irvinestown on Monday 3 October.

Councillors, statutory agencies and representatives of community and voluntary sector organisations from across the area were invited to the launch of the Community Plan  and the Local Development Plan Preferred Options Paper which will remain open for public consultation until Monday 28 November 2016.

Legislation has placed a statutory link between both these important plans. This means that, in preparing the local development plan, councils are legally required to take account of the content of their own community plan, in addition to the Regional Development Strategy 2035 policy and the Strategic Planning Policy Statement.

The Community Plan is a long term strategy aimed at improving quality of life and wellbeing, as well as improving public services, in the Fermanagh and Omagh area.

It will be delivered through a new and innovative partnership involving the public, private and community/voluntary sectors, all working together to achieve a shared Vision of ‘a vibrant, living place where people enjoy improved prosperity and wellbeing in a safe, shared, connected and sustainable environment’.

The Chair of the Community Planning Partnership, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, commented on the launch of the draft Community Plan saying “this is the first Community Plan for the Fermanagh and Omagh district and it will influence and direct how all of our agencies and service providers work over the next fifteen years.  It is an extremely important strategy which will impact on everyone and it is vital that the citizens of this area have their say – either at one of our upcoming public workshops or through our online survey.  I would encourage everyone to get involved and have your say.”

The Local Development Plan Preferred Options Paper sets out the key planning issues for the Fermanagh and Omagh district, identifies a range of options to address them, and indicates which is the preferred option of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

Speaking at the launch, the Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, said that the Local Development Plan has the power to significantly influence the future development of the Fermanagh and Omagh district up to 2030. It will provide the strategy for future planning and sustainable development and will create an enabling framework for the type and scale of development that should be encouraged within the area, detailing where it should be located.

“This is a significant step for Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in applying its new planning powers, and is the first stage in the preparation of a Local Development Plan for the area. The consultation will give everyone, residents, stakeholders and interested parties the opportunity to put forward their views and influence the local development plan from the outset”, she said.

The documents, together with a Strategic Environmental Assessment Report and a Sustainability Appraisal, are available for public consultation until Monday 28 November 2016 at www.fermanaghomagh.com.

A series of public workshops to facilitate consultation and discussion on both the Community Plan and the Local Development Plan Preferred Options Paper will take place across the district throughout October and November as follows:

Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown 18th October at 2.00pm
Lakeland Community Centre, Belcoo 19th October at 7.00pm
Dromore Leisure Complex, Dromore 25th October at 7.00pm
Kesh Community Centre, Kesh 26th October at 2.00pm
Community Centre, Derrygonnelly 27th October at 7.00pm
Owenkillew Centre, Gortin 1st November at 2.00pm
Milestone Centre, Carrickmore 3rd November at 7.00pm
Ecclesville Centre, Fintona 9th November at 2.00pm
Castle Park Leisure Centre, Lisnaskea 10th November at 2.00pm
Crest Centre, Enniskillen 15th November at 7.00pm
Aughakillymaude Community and Mummers Centre, Derrylin 16th November at 7.00pm
Omagh Enterprise Centre, Omagh 17th November at 7.00pm
Rosslea Community Centre, Enniskillen 22nd November at 2.00pm

 

ENDS –

 

Notes for Editors:

  1. The Community Plan sets out the following nine outcomes as its aspirations for the future of the people of the Fermanagh and Omagh area:
  1. Our people have improved physical health and mental wellbeing
  2. Older people lead more independent, engaged and socially connected lives
  3. Our communities are inclusive and safe, and people feel safer
  4. Our communities are more vibrant, resilient and empowered
  5. Our people have the best start in life with lifelong opportunities to fulfil their potential
  6. Our economy is thriving, expanding and outward looking
  7. Our district is a connected place
  8. Our outstanding natural environment and cultural and built heritage is enhanced and sustainably managed
  9. Our district is an attractive and more accessible place.

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