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Monday 20 August 2018

Fancy a new job? 1,000 full-time posts to be created in Longford Center Parcs holiday village

Center Parcs’ plan for Ballymahon
Center Parcs’ plan for Ballymahon
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

1,000 full-time jobs will be created when a holiday village in Co Longford opens in 2019.

An Bord Pleanala has granted permission to Center Parcs to develop a Forest holiday village near Ballymahon which includes 470 lodges, 30 apartments, a swimming pool, sports hall, restaurants and some 100 indoor and outdoor activities.

The €233m development will provide 750 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent positions when it opens. Planning permission was granted by Longford County Council last February, but appealed to the planning appeals board which gave the green light today.

The company said it expected work to begin shortly and the village would open for business in four years time.

“We warmly welcome approval from An Bord Pleanála to proceed with our plans to develop Center Parcs Longford Forest,” Center Parcs chief executive Martin Dalby said.

“Since we announced our desire to bring the Center Parcs experience to Ireland last April, we have been overwhelmed by the positive support we have received at both local and national level and we are looking forward to forging ahead to bring our plans to fruition. “

Once open, the forest holiday village will have capacity for up to 2,500 guests and employ up to 1,000 people in permanent jobs. Many of these roles are expected to be filled by employees aged 18 and 24, and most will live locally.

Center Parcs estimates that, when operational, the new holiday village will add approximately €32m to the economy.

The scheme will be built across a 164-hectare site at Newcastle Wood. Permission is subject to 21 conditions, including a requirement that the lodges are only used for tourist accommodation, and not as permanent residences.

The objections centred on the scale of the project, traffic impacts and concerns about deforestation.

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