Jobs boost for Kilkenny as massive €140m cheese plant gets green light
A €140 million cheese manufacturing plant in the Port of Waterford has been given the green light to proceed after An Bord Pleanála dismissed objections lodged on environmental grounds.
Last year Glanbia Ireland in partnership with Dutch dairy group Royal A-Ware lodged plans for the huge manufacturing facility, which will create up to 80 jobs at Waterford Harbour.
Kilkenny County Council initially granted permission for the plant in Belview’s Science and Technology Park, but in December 2019 An Taisce and Friends of the Irish Environment have lodged an appeal with Bord Pleanála on environmental grounds.
The objection claimed the extra 450 million litres of milk required to feed the cheese production would have an adverse effect on the environment.
In making their decision in favour of Glanbia Ireland, An Bord Pleanála dismissed the objection saying the environmental impact will be offset by increased efficiency in dairy farming practices.
The project, being developed under the name JHOK Ltd, can now build the €140 plant on a 10-hectare site next to an existing Glanbia milk processing plant in Belview. The new facility will produce Dutch-style cheese for the European market.
Glanbia Ireland currently has 11 processing plants in the country, employing more than 1,800 people.