Fianna Fáil TD for Longford – Westmeath Robert Troy has welcomed the news that the Center Parcs Longford Forest development has been approved planning permission by An Bord Pleanála.

Deputy Troy says the project shows that a co-ordinated effort between local and national agencies alongside cross-party support can deliver vital investment for the Midlands region.

“I have been a long supporter of this proposal and I am delighted to see that Center Parcs have been approved planning permission to develop the Longford Forest holiday resort. The investment highlights the potential that exists to grow the tourism industry in the Midlands over the coming years.

“The development will lead to the creation of 1,000 permanent jobs once it is fully operational and there will be 750 additional jobs created during the construction phase. It’s an ambitious project which will see the construction of 470 holiday lodges and 30 apartments in Longford Forest.

“Longford County Council and Coillte are to be commended for their efforts in advancing this project, something which has been acknowledged by Center Parcs CEO Mr Martin Dalby. Fianna Fáil has been a long supporter of this proposal. I welcome the comments made by Mr Dalby today that he intends on proceeding with the project without delay.

“We will continue to work to ensure investment is continued for the Midlands region in the years ahead,” concluded Deputy Troy.