Longford County Council grants permission for €232 million Center Parc Resort.
After months of opposition, Longford County council has granted planning permission for the construction of a €232million Center Parcs holiday Resort in Newcastle Wood near Ballymahon.
The new Village will be called Center Parcs Longford Forest,and will be 5 kilometres from Ballymahon town on a 395 acre site in Newcastle Wood.
The construction of the site is set to employ up to 750 people, and the resort itself is set to employ 1,000 people, mainly from the local area.
The Center Parcs village should be completed by 2019, and the original proposal was submitted to the Longford County Council in November 2015.
The proposal saw opposition from local residents, citing the destruction of up to 10% of the natural woodland and the possible increase of potential road accidents, as there is already a high frequency of accidents on the Toome-Newcastle Road.
UK Center Parcs cite a 97% year round capacity and it set to bring a GDP of over €1 billion to the Irish economy over a 20 year period.
The holiday village would have capacity for up to 2,500 guests, and will be the first resort built outside of the UK. The resort boasts multiple restaurants and cafes, along with over 100 indoor and outdoor activities including swimming, kayaking and zip-lining, mapped cycling tracks through the woods, spa and water park.
The resort will include up to 750 lodges and 30 apartments, with a ‘Subtropical Swimming Paradise’ water park.
“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” said CEO Martin Dalby to the Irish Times.
By Sarah Magliocco