Two objections have been lodged against a facility which will see 78 jobs created in Portlaoise if the new Glanbia Cheese facility opens in Togher.
Planning permission was approved for the new plant in the industrial estate in September of this year.
Elected members of Laois County Council agreed to the disposal of lands at Togher to Glanbia Cheese JV.
This followed a decision by the Council to purchase roughly 80 acres of land for the €130 million development at the location in 2017.
It is believed that 250 jobs will be created in the construction phase while, when it’s up and running, the facility will support 78 jobs cheese manufacturing.
But that is now in doubt as two objections to the new plant have been lodged.
Mr D Phelan, from Ardilaun, Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise and Ms Claire O’Donoghue-Bracken, Old Knockmay Cottage, Old Knockmay, Togher have submitted appeals for an Bord Pleanala.
Ms O’Donoghue-Bracken said: “I believe the proposed development does not respect the local context and rural pattern.
“In particular, the scale and proportions of surrounding buildings, would be entirely out of character of the area, to the detriment of the local environment.”