Appeals lodged against Center Parcs planning decision

Appeals lodged against Center Parcs planning decision

Longford County Council's decision to grant planning permission for the construction of a €233 million holiday village near Ballymahon has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

Appeals were submitted to the statutory planning authority last week by two parties: Mr Robbie Hannifin of Corboy, Edgeworthstown, and B Power of Dun Darragh, Dublin Road, Longford.

Both question the sustainability of Center Parcs Ireland Ltd's planned development at Newcastle Wood.

In a submission made to the local authority prior to permission being granted, Mr Hannifin said, “I submit that the proposed development is unsustainable and would, if commenced, become Carrigglas No. 2.”

Meanwhile, a submission made by B Power to Longford County Council at the same time contended that the applicant company did not purchase the land it intends to build upon.

The submission also alleged the planning application “bears a striking resemblance to the English holiday park planning applications and in particular to that rejected by Bedfordshire Council” before adding that, “there's not the remotest prospect of any sustainable numbers travelling to Ballymahon.”

Longford County Council approved planning permission for the proposed holiday village last month, having received more than 80 submissions in relation to it. An Bord Pleanála is expected to rule on the current appeals before July 25.