Longford County Council receives almost 80 submissions over Center Parcs plan

An artist's impression of the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, viewed across the lake, at the �233m 'Center Parcs Longford Forest' development near Ballymahon.
Longford County Council has received no less than 77 separate submissions in relation to a planning application lodged by Center Parcs Ireland Ltd, who intend to develop a holiday village at Newcastle Wood near Ballymahon in south County Longford.

Longford County Council has received no less than 77 separate submissions in relation to a planning application lodged by Center Parcs Ireland Ltd, who intend to develop a holiday village at Newcastle Wood near Ballymahon in south County Longford.

Many of the submissions were received by the county council just prior to yesterday’s deadline. The vast majority express support for the project, although there are six outright objections to the development and several others raise concerns about various aspects of the planned holiday village and the effects it will have on the local area.

Notably, An Taisce raised no objections to the development in its submission to the local authority.

Longford County Council’s Planning Department will take the third party submissions into consideration when deciding whether or not to grant planning permission. It is expected that this decision will be made before Christmas.