A HIGH Court judge has quashed a decision to give the go-ahead for an abattoir to operate beside two drugs manufacturing sites in Co Antrim.
Mr Justice Treacy overturned the granting of planning permission to Topping Meats because a requirement to notify neighbours was not met.
He also identified a Planning Service failure to take into account the type of operations run by the drug firms at Old Belfast Road, Millbrook, Larne.
Reaching his verdict, the judge said: “This of course included the consideration that allowing the planning permission to remain in place could have very serious consequences, amongst other things, for the manufacturing of human medicine and blood products.”
Pharmaceutical giant Warner Chilcott UK and CaridianBCT, a global leader in blood component technology, brought judicial review proceedings after Topping Meats was granted permission in January 2010 for an abattoir..
Topping Meats' legal representatives had urged the court not to quash planning permission due to a delay in bringing the legal challenge.