Further information sought on Omniplex cinema plans in Longford town

The planning process for the new cinema complex planned for Longford has been delayed.

Longford County Council has requested further information from Omniplex on its plans.



Earlier this year, Omniplex bought the vacant Longford Shopping Centre in Longford town beside its existing cinema.

The price was reportedly €1.2 million and it’s expected about one hundred jobs will be created.

The project will also include restaurant and cafes.

Last month Omniplex lodged a planning application to change the use of the shopping centre, which will become known as Riverside Shopping Centre, to a cinema with six screens.

If granted, the company says it would lodge another application to demolish the existing cinema and develop a new courtyard, retail and food plaza, opening up the shopping centre to the river and town.

The council was due to make a decision on the application by October 7th, but it has now sought further information from the Omniplex, and a judgment won’t now been made until after that’s submitted.

The council notes part of the site is owned by the local authority – if the cinema group intends this to be the case, a letter of consent would required by the council, while otherwise revised plans would be needed.

The HSE also a number of issues that need to be addressed, regarding food, drainage and cleaning.