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Centre Parcs creating 1000 jobs for Longford

Centre Parcs creating 1000 jobs for Longford

July 27
12:34 2016

downloadCenter Parcs UK has announced that it will be creating 1,000 permanent jobs after An Bord Pleanála granted them full planning permission for a €230 million holiday village park in Longford.

750 construction jobs will also be created by the project, which will see more than 400 holiday lodges being built in a forest near Ballymahon.

An Bord Pleanála set 20 conditions, none of which are believed to affect the developer’s plans to proceed, including payment towards new road infrastructure in the area, expected to total €1m.

An Bord Pleanála said the project would not adversely affect the biodiversity of the area, traffic control or infrastructure and water quality issues, as long as conditions set down are put in place.

In a statement, Center Parcs UK said it will now move to the public procurement process for the building contracts.

CEO Martin Dalby said Center Parcs is working towards and opening date in 2019.

“Once open, the forest holiday village will have capacity for up to 2,500 guests and employ up to 1,000 people in permanent jobs”, he added.

Mr Dalby said it is expected that many of the jobs will be filled locally and that when operational the site will add around “€32m to Ireland’s GDP per annum”.

The project includes provisions for 470 lodges and 30 apartments in a 350-acre woods in Co Longford.

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