Longford County Council receives objection to Center Parcs plan

An artist's impression of the Sub-tropical Paradise building planned for the Center Parcs complex near Ballymahon.
A submission has been lodged with Longford County Council which opposes the development of the proposed Center Parcs holiday village at Newcastle Wood near Ballymahon.

A submission has been lodged with Longford County Council which opposes the development of the proposed Center Parcs holiday village at Newcastle Wood near Ballymahon.

Sean Farrell, who lives close to the proposed site, contends that his family’s quality of life will be adversely affected if the project goes ahead.

“We thought the house with the beautiful forest outside the front door would be an idyllic place for our kids to grow up, with many miles of forest paths and woods to explore and play in, but if this goes ahead my children will lose out on all of this in lieu of paying visitors, and profits for some corporation,” Mr Farrell stated in his letter to the local authority.

The submission also cites the loss of a public amenity, increased road traffic, loss of wildlife, personal safety issues, and the location of an accommodation block close to his house.

“Don’t tell me I won’t hear the sounds of eight houses full of people having a good time,” Mr Farrell wrote.

The deadline for submissions on Center Parcs Ireland Ltd’s planning application is this Thursday.

For more on this story, see this week’s Longford Leader.