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Glanbia's current plant in Belview, Co Kilkenny

Glanbia's current plant in Belview, Co Kilkenny

Glanbia's current plant in Belview, Co Kilkenny

A cheese plant in Kilkenny or a housing development in the Dublin suburbs cannot proceed without planning permission. Permission can be denied by decision of the planning experts at the local authority or at An Bord Pleanála. It can also be withheld indefinitely to the point where the project is placed in jeopardy despite positive verdicts from both, through the persistence of objectors through the courts.

The decision by An Taisce to appeal the unfavourable decision of the High Court on the Belview cheese factory raises broader issues about the planning system. Glanbia had secured planning permission from Kilkenny Co Council in 2019 which survived an appeal to An Bord Pleanála, thus satisfying both layers of the professional planning process.


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