DAIRYGOLD has warned that objections to the planned €120 million development if its West End site in Mallow could may result in a "lengthy delay in getting the project underway".
The development, which has the potential to create up to 100 news jobs, has run into several local objections lodged with with An Bord Pleanala. According to An Bord's website the case will not be decided on until March of next year.
The mayor of Mallow has expressed his disappointment at this turn of events.
"Let's hope this is just a minor setback and, in the cold light of day, people might consider the situation further and not put this development in jeopardy or cause it to be delayed," he said. THE proposed development of the Dairygold site at the West End in Mallow may be delayed after it emerged that a number of objections have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála.
The €120 million project, which will create up to 100 new jobs, had been given the green light by Mallow Town Council last month.
However, during this week's November monthly meeting of the authority it emerged that the development had been referred to the appeals board.
Town manager Tom Stritch confirmed that Dairygold had themselves raised an issue with the appeals board in relation to one of the conditions imposed by the council when granting the application.
Meanwhile, An Bord Pleanála's website has listed six third party appellants, but did not reveal the details of their submissions. The website said that the case was not due to be decided until March of next year.
The mayor of Mallow, Cllr Noel O'Connor, said he was disappointed that third party objections had been made to the development.
"This is a hugely important development for Mallow and it is vitally important that it go ahead with the minimum of delay. The timing of this project is vitally important in light of the fact that the milk quotas will be gone in 2015," said Cllr O'Connor.
"Let's hope this is just a minor setback and, in the cold light of day, people might consider the situation further and not put this development in jeopardy or cause it to be delayed," he added.
His sentiments were echoed by fellow councillors including James Kennedy, Jerry Mullally and Dan Joe Fitzgerald.
Cllr Kennedy said he hoped the appeals board would move the process ahead swiftly, as did Cllr Fitzgerald.
"A development on this scale has not hit Mallow for some time and I can only hope this situation will be sorted out quickly," said Cllr Fitzgerald.
However, Cllr Mullally said he feared the appeals process could result in the project being significantly delayed.
A spokesman for Dairygold expressed the company's disappointment to the objections, saying it also feared they could result in a lengthy delay for the project.
"We are particularly disappointed that following months of extensive consultation with interested parties, proposals to address issues raised to settle the project into its surroundings, though well received by many, did not satisfy all," said the spokesman.
"We have been and remain open at all times to addressing any issues outstanding. But if further consultation to resolve objections does not succeed, Dairygold will have no choice but to address them through An Bord Pleanála, which may involve a lengthy delay in getting the project underway," he warned.