Meeting on proposed whiskey storage warehouse in Kilcurry to proceed as planned on Tuesday
A planning meeting to discuss the possibility of a new whiskey storage warehouse for the Great Northern Distillery in Kilcurry is set to proceed as planned next week.
The future of the meeting was thrown into doubt on Monday when the Carrick Road distillery’s boss John Teeling gave an interview to The Irish Times saying “the warehouse won’t be in Co Louth.”
In the article he criticised Louth County Council and said he had begun to look outside the county for an alternative location for the warehouse, where whiskey would be stored while it matured and aged.
Last October the Great Northern Distillery submitted a 10 year planning application for the development of a whiskey warehouse facility consisting of 13 maturation warehouses, ancillary buildings, structures and all ancillary site developments works on a 45 hectare site (111 acres) near to St Brigid’s Church, which was bought by the distillery in 2016 for a seven figure sum.
A decision on the matter was due in November but the application remains on hold after Louth County Council sought further information in relation to it. Last month the local authority issued a notice of a plan to make a material contravention to the County Development Plan as part of the ongoing planning process. A meeting for this was scheduled for Tuesday.
Despite Teeling’s comments the local authority will proceed with the meeting as planned. As the land that Teeling seeks to build on is zoned as mainly agricultural, he would need it re-zoned as industrial in order for the warehouse to proceed.
For this to happen he would need Louth County Council members to vote by a majority of two-thirds or more for a re-zoning. Cllr John McGahon has already stated that he would be voting against the proposal having accused Teeling of being “disingenuous” and “trying to steamroll people.”
While a decision has not been made by the planning office as yet, Teeling does not appear hopeful of it proceeding following 41 objections from local residents opposed to the warehouse. They have raised concerns about the potential environmental, traffic and fire risks of the facility and would likely take the matter to An Bord Pleanála even if Louth County Council gave it the go ahead.