Conditional planning permission has been granted to develop a major recycling facility at the site of the old Atlantic Mills factory in Clondra, just outside Longford town.
Letters have been issued this morning confirming that plans to develop a recycling and processing facility have been approved subject to 16 conditions.
The plant, originally known as Burlington, opened for the manufacture of denim in 1978 and closed in 1999 with the loss of hundreds of jobs to the local economy.
The building and several hectares of land on the banks of the Shannon were up for sale in 2015 with a guide price of €800,000.
Last July a planning application was lodged with Longford council from a company called Wood Waste Limited, who proposed a change of use for part of the building to a recycling facility to include processing, recycling and recovery of wood, plastic, cardboard, paper and metal.
Permission was also being sought for a weighbridge on the site.
Up to 25 local residents from the Fisherstown area raised concerns about the project, claiming that the project would have a negative impact on the areas and an increase in the volume go traffic to and from the factory having a negative environmental impact on the area.
Longford County Council has today confirmed that planning has been approved subject to sixteen conditions.