Centre Parcs have been granted planning permission to build a €232 million site in County Longford.
The holiday village, which will be named Longford Forest and situated in Newcastle Wood, outside Ballymahon, is due to be completed by 2019.
Longford County Council agreed to the proposals subject to 22 conditions, including a clause that Centre Parcs will have to provide almost €1 million to the Council as a contribution to the upgrading of public infrastructure in the area of development.
They must also provide a water-filtration system, produce a biodiversity action plan for the area and take noise-abatement measures.
The park will accommodate up to 2,500 guests and will seek to employ up to 1,000 people in permanent jobs, the majority of whom will come from the local area.
It will be built in a similar fashion to Centre Parcs’ five existing villages in England, though Longford Forest will also have treehouse accommodation.
There will be 470 lodges and 30 apartments, indoor and outdoor activities, a spa, restaurants, cafés, shops and the Subtropical Swimming Paradise feature.
The company estimates that, when operational, the park will add roughly €32 million to Ireland’s GDP per annum and €1 billion over the next 20 years.
More info here: www.centerparcs.co.uk/en-ie/villages/longford