Longford County Council grants planning permission for €223m Centre Parcs village
LONGFORD County Council has this afternoon granted planning permission for the massive Centre Parcs project.
The €223m facility will see 1,000 jobs created in the region.
750 jobs will be created during its construction.
A number of conditions have been applied by the council.
The proposed centre will be located on a 395 acre site at Newcastle Wood, some five kilometres from Ballymahon.
The holiday village will include 470 lodges and 30 apartments designed for families, more than 100 indoor and outdoor activities, a spa, a range of restaurants and cafes, shops and the iconic Subtropical Swimming Paradise.
Center Parcs say the project will boost Ireland's GDP by €1 billion over a 20 year period and will boost Longford's GDP by 4pc during construction, and by 2.8pc annually when operational.
Commenting on the decision, Martin Dalby, CEO said: “This is a very important milestone for Center Parcs and we would like to thank Longford County Council for having the confidence in our proposal to grant planning permission.
“Engagement and dialogue with the local community in Ballymahon and the wider Longford area has been an important part of our approach, and will continue during the next steps of the planning process. The positive outcome recognises the transformative impact Center Parcs Longford Forest will have on the midlands region in terms of jobs, tourism and wider economic benefits”.