Planning permission approved for Center Parcs 'Longford Forest' holiday village development

Planning permission approved for Center Parcs 'Longford Forest' holiday village development

Longford County Council has confirmed it has approved a planning application submitted by Center Parcs Ireland Ltd to build a €233 million holiday village development at Newcastle Wood near Ballymahon.

The application was approved last Friday, February 26, but it is understood an IT issue at the local authority offices prevented the announcement of details until today.

The proposed holiday village will include 470 lodges and 30 apartments designed for families, more than 100 indoor and outdoor activities, a spa, a range of restaurants and cafés, shops, and a ‘Subtropical Swimming Paradise’.

The planning approval is subject to a total of 22 conditions, the majority of which relate to environmental matters. Other conditions concern road design, the protection of water bodies, and archaeological monitoring and testing during the construction phase.

There is now a four-week period during which appeals may be lodged with An Bord Pleanala against the decision.

Commenting on the decision, Center Parcs CEO Martin Dalby said: “This is a very important milestone for Center Parcs and we would like to thank Longford County Council for having the confidence in our proposal to grant planning permission. Engagement and dialogue with the local community in Ballymahon and the wider Longford area has been an important part of our approach, and will continue during the next steps of the planning process. The positive outcome recognises the transformative impact Center Parcs Longford Forest will have on the midlands region in terms of jobs, tourism and wider economic benefits”.