The way has been cleared for the construction of a new Glanbia Cheese EU Limited factory near Portlaoise, following the withdrawal of an appeal made to An Bord Pleanala against the plans.
Laois County Council granted permission at the end of last September to Glanbia to develop a cheese manufacturing facility within the Togher National Enterprise Park, at Togher, Portlaoise.
The development will comprise a main building which will facilitate a cheese blending process, an office block for administrative and technical support staff and external buildings to service the proposed facility.
Also included is a car park for staff and visitors with 94 spaces and a trailer parking area of six spaces.
However, during the planning process, two submissions were made to the council objecting to the plans. One of these was made by Mr D. Phelan, Ardilaun, Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise, who said he wished to be kept informed of any decision made by the council.
In the wake of the council’s grant of permission to Glanbia, Mr Phelan lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanala against the plans. It has now been confirmed that Mr Phelan has withdrawn his appeal, meaning the plans can now progress.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan welcomed the news. “I trust that arrangements to commence immediately,” he stated.
Welcoming the news in the same week that Laois County Council also granted planning permission to Greenfield Global LFS Ireland for their new facility in the IDA Business Park, Sean Fleming TD said these plants will provide significant employment in the county and will be a tremendous boost for the local economy.
“As a Laois TD, I have been working hard to promote Laois as location for inward investment. Last year I brought the Chief Executives of both the IDA and Enterprise Ireland to Laois to impress on them the suitability of Laois for investment. This meeting was also attended by Laois County Council,” he continued. “I want to thank all of these agencies for their work, over recent times, which I hope is the start of many more announcements to come. I am very pleased with the progress in relation to these two investments which I hope will bring substantial employment to the county in the immediate future.”