Center Parcs granted planning permission for Longford Forest, Ireland
Today, Center Parcs has been granted planning permission to build the proposed 395-acre village, Longford Forest in Ireland.
The new location, which will be the sixth Center Parcs village and a first for Ireland, is near Ballymahon in County Longford, in the centre of Ireland and is expected to be built by the summer of 2019.
Plans for Longford Forest include 470 Lodges – which will accommodate 2,500 guests – 30 apartments, more than 100 indoor and outdoor family activities, a range of restaurants and shops, an Aqua Sana spa and the, of course, the Subtropical Swimming Paradise.
The construction of the new village has exciting prospects for all and will have a significant effect on the Irish economy on a local and national scale. Longford Forest will see around 750 new jobs being created during the construction and a further 1,000 permanent jobs once the village has opened.
CEO of Center Parcs Martin Dalby said: “Today’s announcement marks another significant milestone in the history of Center Parcs. Since we announced our intention to bring the Center Parcs experience to Ireland last year, we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received, both at local and national level.
“We have experienced unrivalled success for almost 30 years in the UK, providing high quality family short breaks and I’m extremely excited by the prospect of taking our fantastic brand to Ireland.”
Longford Forest is due to open in 2019 but don’t worry, we’ll keep you updated along every step of the way.
Longford Forest planning permission submitted
Friday 30 October 2015
A major milestone in our plans to develop a Center Parcs village in Ireland has been reached today (Friday 30 October, 2015). Less than two years since we opened our fifth village, Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire, we have submitted a formal planning application for the site in County Longford.
The new village will be called Center Parcs Longford Forest. The planning application outlines the transformative effect that the €233m development could have on the region, adding €1 billion to Ireland’s economy over a 20 year period and creating 1,000 permanent jobs once open.
Longford County Council will now undertake a five-week period of consultation, during which time the application will be on public display in the area. Plans include the construction of 470 Lodges including luxury Treehouses, 30 apartments, Aqua Sana Spa, a lake, a range of restaurants and shops and the iconic Subtropical Swimming Paradise.
Subject to receiving satisfactory planning permission, Center Parcs Longford Forest could open to guests in 2019.