Belfast Telegraph

Center Parcs unveils plan for £150m Irish location

By Jane O'Faherty

Center Parcs hopes to build 500 lodges in the heart of the Republic of Ireland to bring its successful tourism brand to Ireland for the first time.

Planning proposals for the Center Parcs Longford Forest were unveiled at a community meeting in the area yesterday. It comes nearly six months after plans for the 375-acre park were announced.

If planning is granted, the development would cost £150m. It is estimated that it could generate an uplift of €1bn for the Irish economy over 20 years.

Center Parcs is a short-break holiday company which operates five holiday villages in the UK, with each covering about 400 acres of woodland.

Around 750 jobs will also be created during construction if plans go ahead. It would become the biggest tourism development in the history of the Republic.

As part of the plans, Center Parcs hopes to ease concern over increased traffic. CEO Martin Dalby said he hoped that the planning submission would be sent to Longford County Council by the end of October and envisaged opening by summer 2019.

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