Longford County Council are seeking further information on the Center Parcs planning application, the Leader learned this week.
The application, seeking to develop a holiday village costing €233 million at Newcastle Wood near Ballymahon, was filed by Center Parcs Ireland Ltd last November.
The request was made by the council in late December, and the applicant has until June to submit the information needed. After that, Longford County Council have one month to issue clarification or to make a decision on the application. If the information is not received, the application will be declared to be withdrawn.
The plans for Longford Forest have received a lot of attention since November, with almost eighty submissions made on the planning file.
One of the most recent submissions, from Newcastle residents Frank and Mary Small, draws attention to roads issues.
“From my observations I was aware of a high frequency of accidents on the Toome-Newcastle Road but it is only recently that I was able to verify that fourteen accidents had occurred on this stretch of road in the last three years,” the submission read.
“Any increase in the traffic on this road will inevitably lead to more accidents and perhaps even worse.
“For this reason alone I would ask you to take all necessary measures to reduce the amount and speed of traffic on this road.”
Meanwhile, in their submission, received on December 21, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) stated that they will rely on Longford County Council to ‘abide by official policy in relation to development on/affecting national roads’.
They said the proposed development should be undertaken in accordance with recommendations made in the Transport (Traffic) Assessment and Road Safety Audit and they should be incorporated as Conditions in the Permission, if granted. TII also stated that any additional works required as a result of the audits should be funded by the developer.
Secondly, TII pointed out that an audit accompanying the application identified capacity constraints in Ballymahon on the N55 (N55 - R-392 Mostrim Road junction), in future year assessment scenarios.
“The Council should have regard to these findings in considering cumulative impacts of other future development proposals and in future local area planning,” the submission read, adding that a traffic monitoring framework plan for the road in question should be established.