While Longford Riverside Shopping Centre’s planning permission has been approved, subject to nine conditions, Omniplex’s Senior management are waiting until the deadline for applications to An Bord Pleanala has passed before commencing any work.
President of the Longford Chamber of Commerce, Niamh Donlon said: “I think it’s very fitting that it’s beside the river, which is our greatest resource here in town and if we look at other towns that have focused on the greatest resource like Carrick-on-Shannon, you can see how they have prospered”, she continued to say, “This’ll be huge for Longford”. This project will see a six-screen cinema being developed, the demolition of the current cinema, as well as space for restaurants and “high-end retailers setting up” according to Niamh Donlon.
The Chamber of Commerce is saying that the opening of the River Camlin through the Riverside Shopping Centre will allow the town to progress and develop using one of Longford’s most important assets.
Longford County Council approved of the project, subject to nine conditions. These conditions include the references to road safety, development, signage and advertising, as well as sustainable energy.
Councillor Seamus Butler says that the Riverside centre will be “a great retail and entertainment centre for Longford,” and that he thinks this, “is the second most positive news we’ve had since Centre Parcs.”
A decision was set to be made on 8th October 2018, however, more information was requested from Omniplex by the council and the decision was delayed. Issues that were raised when planning permission was sought, included the HSE seeking information on cleaning, drainage, and food. A letter of consent was also required from the council, as part of the building was owned by the local authority, and it would appear that same was given; as planning has been granted.
The premises have been vacant for some time now, and development of the structure is greatly welcomed by the local community.
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