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Attwood gives green light to two Ards distilleries

Published on Tue, 14 May 2013 by
Environment Minister Alex Attwood today announced that he is to recommend planning approval for two whiskey distilleries in Co Down.
One application is for a micro whiskey distillery including a new building at Ballyhenry House, Lough Shore Road, Portaferry. This involves a change of use and extension to the existing farm buildings.

The other application is also for an Irish Whiskey distillery plus visitor’s centre at Gransha Road in Kircubbin. This proposal includes the conversion of the Grade B1 listed stable building. The U-Shaped two-storey building will be converted into a visitor’s centre, which is to include a restaurant and kitchen, a distillery exhibition centre and museum, tasting room and shop. The building will also house two units of staff accommodation.

Alex Attwood said: “These distilleries will provide a boost for the Ards Peninsula which will be welcomed by traders and visitors. These will provide construction jobs in the short term and attract visitors and increase tourism once completed.

“These recommendations and the application for a new distillery in Derry that I approved last week prove how DOE can fulfil its dual mandate as the leading Environment Ministry and a leading Economy Ministry.”

The DOE will be consulting Ards Borough Council at their meeting on its opinion to approve these applications on 14 May.

Notes to editors:

1. Application X/2012/0231/O was received by the Department on 24/5/12. The proposal is for farm diversification for micro whiskey distillery, including a new building at Ballyhenry House, Lough Shore Road, Portaferry. Applicant is Fero (NI) Ltd; Agent: Ballantyne Hollinger Ltd.
2. Six letters of objection, and two letters of support were received.
3. Application X/2012/0331/F was received by the Department on 31/7/12 for a distillery (Irish Whiskey) and Visitor’s Centre at 62 Gransha Road, Kircubbin. Applicant is Echlinville Distillery Company; Agent: Frederic Moore. X/2012/0329/LBC: Distillery and Visitors Centre; Listed Building HB24/02/034A is subject of part of scheme which includes; change of use to the Stables/Courtyard/Campanile Building, restoration and minor reinstatement works to existing historic fabric, and minor intervention in provision of pedestrian access door to rear elevation.
4. No letters of objection/support were received.
5. Applications X/2012/0231/O and X/2012/0331/F will be presented to the meeting of Ards Borough Council on 14 May 2013 with an opinion to approve.
6. For media enquiries contact DOE Press Office Tel: 028 9025 6058. Out of office hours, call the Duty Press Officer on 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.
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