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Sunday 22 April 2018

Dairygold unveil ambitious plan for Mallow site

West End Campus to host public information meeting

After Phase 2 - proposed layout
After Phase 2 - proposed layout
Current layout

Bill Browne

Following on from what the company described as "very strong financial results" for 2017, Dairygold has unveiled details of ambitious expansion plans for its Mallow Nutritionals Campus.

Members of the public have been invited to view the proposals in their entirety and talk to Dairygold staff about the plan at a meeting taking place this afternoon (Thursday) from 3pm to 5pm at the Campus.

"Dairygold greatly values the relationship it has with the residential and business communities in Mallow and welcome interested parties who might wish to speak with us about the proposed development to drop into the information meeting," said a company spokesperson. 

The Nutritionals Campus has already undergone an €86 million regeneration process aimed at facilitating sustainable future expansion as milk production volumes increase post quota.  As a result, the Mallow plant now forms a pivotal element of Dairygold's plan to expand its portfolio of products across international markets. 

The next phase of this plan will be the installation of a new milk dryer, which has already been granted planning permission. 

The company also intends to seek planning permission for a number of additional new production facilities, storage silos for raw materials, and the upgrading of its existing powder stores with new storage, packaging and distribution facilities at the north and east of the West End site. 

The spokesperson said that, subject to planning approval, the work would commence this year and be fully completed by 2020. 

The spokesperson moved to clam fears that the works may impact on the surrounding area, pointing out that no new external road network or traffic management changes would be required and the existing internal arrangements would "remain largely unaltered".

In addition, no changes will be made to the type or level of activity currently permitted and licensed, or the materials used on the existing campus.

"The necessary on-campus infrastructure and utilities such as water, waste, power and transport requirements are already in place and can support the expanded processing operations. The campus will remain fully operational throughout the project," said the spokesperson. 

"The proposed new extensions and additional processing and packing technologies will be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the existing Dairygold Industrial Emissions Licence," they added. 

A full environmental impact assessment report will submitted with the planning application, copies of which will be available to view at www.corkcoco.ie once it has been validated. A copy will also be available to view at the Dairygold Campus. 

The spokesman urged members of the public with an interest in the proposals to attend today's information meeting. "We will be happy to explain the proposed expansion project and chat about any aspect of the plans that people may wish to enquire about. If you are unable to attend and would like to learn more about the project contact Karl McCoy at KMPC on 021 421 4349 or by email at kmccoy@kmpc.ie."

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