Center Parcs has welcomed the decision by Longford County Council to grant planning permission for the development of the €233m Center Parcs holiday village in County Longford.
Commenting on the decision, Martin Dalby, CEO 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”.
Following an announcement in April of its intention to develop a forest holiday Village, Center Parcs submitted a formal planning application to invest €230m in the development of a holiday Village on a 395 acre site in Newcastle Wood, which is five kilometres from Ballymahon.
The development is expected to create approximately 750 jobs during the construction phase of about two years. When operational, the village would employ up to 1,000 people in permanent jobs, with the majority of employees likely to live locally.
With a capacity for up to 2,500 guests Center Parcs estimates that, when operational, the new holiday Village would add approximately €32million to Irish GDP per annum and €1bn over the next 20 years.
It is expected to open in 2019.