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Friday 9 December 2016

Centre Parcs Irish resort will have 500 lodges at its heart

photo issued by Center Parcs of a Center Parcs resort as detailed proposals for the company's planned first resort in Ireland
photo issued by Center Parcs of a Center Parcs resort as detailed proposals for the company's planned first resort in Ireland
photo issued by Center Parcs of a Center Parcs resort as detailed proposals for the company's planned first resort in Ireland

Details of Ireland's newest holiday destination have been unveiled.

Well-known holiday firm Center Parcs are planning to build 500 lodges in the heart of Longford forest land to bring its successful tourism brand to Ireland for the first time.

Planning proposals for the Center Parcs Longford Forest were revealed at a community meeting in Ballymahon yesterday.

It comes nearly six months after the scheme for the 375-acre park was announced.

The plans include designs for outdoor sports and leisure facilities, a swimming pool and spa, a nature centre and a lake.

There will also be a 4km walkway around the park that locals can use.

If planning is granted, the development would cost €200m. It is estimated that it could generate an uplift of €1bn for the economy over 20 years.

Center Parks CEO Martin Dalby said he hoped that the final planning submission would be sent to Longford County Council by end of October.

"We would love to be open by the summer of 2019, which is four years in total. We think that would be a fantastic time to open the park, going into the summer," he said.

Mr Dalby said that the Center Parcs team has already been working with Irish ecologists, environmental companies and architects, and hopes to grant the construction contract to an Irish firm.

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