Center Parcs resort in Ireland creating 1,000 jobs gets green light
Ireland's first Center Parcs holiday resort has been given final approval by planners.
About 1,000 people, mostly aged 18-24 and local, will be employed at the forest village near Ballymahon, Co Longford when it opens in 2019.
Management said about 750 construction jobs will be created while it is being built.
The plans were sent to An Bord Pleanala after four objections were raised by people living locally to Newcastle Wood.
Martin Dalby, Center Parcs chief executive, said the resort will transform the area of the Midlands in tourism and economic terms.
"Since we announced our desire to bring the Center Parcs experience to Ireland last April, we have been overwhelmed by the positive support we have received at both local and national level and we are looking forward to forging ahead to bring our plans to fruition," he said.
The 395-acre resort, Longford Forest, will have room for about 2,500 guests in 470 lodges, 30 apartments, treehouses, a spa, restaurants, cafes and a sub-tropical pool area with water rides. The project involves an investment of about 230 million euro. Center Parcs operates five short-break destinations in the UK.