GO-Ahead Given For Inverkip Distillery Development

A MULTI-million pound lowland malt whisky distillery and visitor centre can be developed at Inverkip, councillors have agreed. 

Inverclyde Planning Board this afternoon approved an application by Ardgowan Distillery for Bankfoot Farm beside the A78.

In addition to operating as a whisky production facility, the site will also have a gin still and a microbrewery and serve as a tourist attraction through tours, café, and retail facilities. 

Ardgowan Distillery have previously stated that the site would be operational by 2019.

Local councillor Innes Nelson told the board: "This is a marvellous thing for Inverclyde."

The development will be a mixture of re-using old buildings and constructing new ones. Eighty-five parking spaces will be provided.

No objections were received to the plans and nearly 100 people contacted the planning department to say they supported it. 

Direct employment from whisky production is anticipated to be seven jobs after five years rising to 12 jobs after 10 years. An additional five jobs will relate to dealing with visitors to the site. 

Inverclyde Council planning officers had recommended approval stating: "The proposed development represents a significant investment and will bring economic benefit through the main whisky distilling operation and it serving as a tourist attraction."   

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