Argyll and Bute Council this week approved a planning application for a new whisky distillery on Islay.
Speaking after the meeting Councillor David Kinniburgh, Policy Lead for Planning, said: “We were delighted to approve this application. We are fully supportive of this development – it will be a great boost not just to Islay but to Argyll and Bute.
“As well as the distillery itself, there are a number of additional benefits. The whisky industry supports a range of other businesses, such as haulage firms, who take the product round the country and even overseas. With 200,000 litres of whisky being produced every year this will mean more work for local transport firms, which is obviously fantastic news.
“The visitor centre is a welcome addition to the scheme, supporting another business area – tourism. On an established whisky trail, we would hope the new facility brings in even more visitors. It’s great to see another distillery being built on Islay.
“The council’s planning service is focussed on making things happen, supporting sustainable economic growth and regeneration. This is yet another demonstration of our open for business approach, working with developers to ensure the best fit for all.”
For more information go to planning portal on the council website and use the reference 16/01335/PP