Center Parcs planning decision expected in early March

Center Parcs planning decision expected in early March

A decision will be made by Longford County Council in early March regarding Center Parcs Ireland Ltd's planning application for a holiday village at Newcastle Wood near Ballymahon, the Longford Leader understands.

Further to the submission of additional information on the proposed development to the local authority by the applicant, a number of agencies are seeking to have conditions attached in the event the application is successful.

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) said it still has concerns about the effectiveness of a biofilm barrier designed to prevent pollutants entering nearby watercourses and wants a means of inspecting it.

“While it is understood that the geotextile will have a certain longevity there is still no definitive timeframe for this,” the agency said in a letter to Longford County Council’s Planning Office.

“IFI still has concerns over the lack of access and opportunity to inspect this wrap once construction is complete. This proposed wrap may become saturated with oil or may otherwise degrade in time and this will not be evident as it is concealed beneath the overburden material in the French drain. With this in mind we would ask that provisions be made for frequent maintenance and inspection of the wrap once works are completed.”

Meanwhile, the Health Service Executive (HSE) noted it had recommended a study of the possible effects the development would have on wells. It said the information provided “does not include information on the residences using wells (if any) and the effects (if any) that development has or will have on water quality from these water abstraction points”.

If the €233 million development proceeds, it is expected to create approximately 750 jobs during the construction phase, while it could employ as many as 1,000 upon completion.