Pahiatua businesses are disappointed there is an appeal over Fonterra's $250 million proposed expansion to its Pahiatua milk powder plant.
Steve Harvey from Tararua Veterinary Services said the expansion would be good for the town and the company was "totally in favour".
He said the appeal would hold up a big project that would benefit the town.
Submitter Ross Gillespie has appealed against the decision to grant consents for the proposed expansion.
It will be heard in the Environment Court.
Pahiatua's Black Stump Cafe & Harrows Restaurant spokesman Graeme Franklin said Pahiatua was in good heart, with the factory providing significant employment.
"Any expansion at the plant would be a bonus for the town," he said.
"Mr Gillespie, who is appealing, doesn't even live here.
"He doesn't contribute to the town's economy."
Tararua Mayor Roly Ellis said the decision to appeal was an "extremely disappointing move".
Mr Gillespie's original submission said Fonterra's expansion was a cheap and nasty attempt to capitalise on existing infrastructure which had already failed to meet regulatory standards.
He said the environment could not cope and Fonterra should find another site.
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