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Work on a new €233M forest holiday development in Ballymahon, Co Longford, is set to get underway next year after Center Parcs secured planning permission today for the massive development. 750 jobs will be created in construction with more to follow in permanent jobs. Center Parcs has said that, once open, the forest holiday village will have a capacity for up to 2,500 guests and employ up to 1,000 people in permanent jobs. Many of these roles are expected to be filled by employees between the ages of 18 and 24 years, and the majority are likely to live locally and in the surrounding region.
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Over the last 29 years, Center Parcs has exhibited a proven track record of taking commercial woodlands and, through careful forest management, transforming them into areas rich in biodiversity. Center Parcs Longford Forest will have a dedicated team of Conservation Rangers who will protect and nurture the beautiful woodland.
Longford County Council will now undertake a five-week period of consultation, during which time the application will be on public display in the area. Plans include the construction of 470 Lodges including luxury Treehouses, 30 apartments, Aqua Sana Spa, a lake, a range of restaurants and shops and the iconic Subtropical Swimming Paradise.
Subject to receiving satisfactory planning permission, Center Parcs Longford Forest could open to guests in 2019.
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