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Go ahead for €100 Million Centre Parcs expansion in Longford

Nov 29, 2023 07:46 By Shannonside News
Go ahead for €100 Million Centre Parcs expansion in Longford
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The most recent plans include the development of close to 200 new lodges, sauna pods and staff welfare facilities along with a new coffee shop and restaurant at the resort in Longford.

The higher planning authority has upheld permission for a 100 million euro expansion to Centre Parcs in Longford. The Holiday resort had received permission for the works at Newcastle Woods in Ballymahon last year, but were subject to a planning appeal.

Center Parcs opened their €233 million forest holiday resort in Newcastle Woods in the summer of 2019. The most recent plans include the development of close to 200 new lodges, sauna pods and staff welfare facilities along with a new coffee shop and restaurant at the resort in Longford.

Extensions to the holiday destination's Sub Tropical Swimming Paradise facilities are also to be progressed, which will see a new swimming pool, sports hall extension and work on a number of in situ cafe and restaurants. The application submitted to Longford County Planners in 2022 also contain plans for renewable energy infrastructure with solar panels set for installation on the roof of the sports hall and sports cafe building.

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Planning Permission was granted to the company last year but was soon followed with an appeal by Sustainability 2050 and Peter Walsh over concerns the existing development and any future expansion would have on regional infrastructure. An Bord Pleanála has upheld the decision of Longford County Council this week with 17 conditions attached, including provisions that a survey of the local road network and road safety audit be carried out before any work takes place.

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