Friday 30 September 2016

Center Parcs submits planning application for €233m development in Longford

Published 30/10/2015 | 11:52

Proposals for a Center Parcs resort in Longford have been unveiled (Center Parcs/PA)
Proposals for a Center Parcs resort in Longford have been unveiled (Center Parcs/PA)

Center Parcs has submitted a planning application to Longrford County Council today, seeking approval to develop Center Parcs Longford Forest.

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The proposed centre will be located on a 395 acre site at Newcastle Wood, some five kilometres from Ballymahon.

photo issued by Center Parcs of a Center Parcs resort as detailed proposals for the company's planned first resort in Ireland
photo issued by Center Parcs of a Center Parcs resort as detailed proposals for the company's planned first resort in Ireland

The county council are now expected to undertake a five week period of public consultation. Plans for the proposed project will go on public display at council offices during this period.

If given the green light, the company say Center Parcs Longford Forest should be open for guests in 2019.

photo issued by Center Parcs of a Center Parcs resort as detailed proposals for the company's planned first resort in Ireland
photo issued by Center Parcs of a Center Parcs resort as detailed proposals for the company's planned first resort in Ireland

Last April, it was announced by the company that they intended opening their first holiday village in Longford.

Center Parcs say they have been engaged in "extensive and ongoing consultation" with the local community in relation to the project since April.

Center Parcs - Lounge inside Woodland Lodge at Woburn Forest
Center Parcs - Lounge inside Woodland Lodge at Woburn Forest

CEO Martin Dalby said: “The submission of our planning application today is a key milestone in our ambition to bring Center Parcs to Ireland. 

"This is one of the biggest tourism developments in the history of the Midlands and will have a hugely positive economic impact on the area. We have more than 28 years’ experience in the UK and I’m genuinely excited about the prospect of bringing that quality short break experience to Ireland.”

Center Parcs
Center Parcs
Center Parcs operates sites across Europe and the UK

The proposed 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.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Martin Dalby CEO of Center Parcs in Ballymahon, Co Longford, at the Coillte owned Newcastle Woods
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Martin Dalby CEO of Center Parcs in Ballymahon, Co Longford, at the Coillte owned Newcastle Woods

Some 1,000 permanent jobs will be created once it's opened, and some 750 jobs during construction.

The company anticipate that some 300 jobs will be created in the wider community as a result of Center Parcs locating in Ballymahon.

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