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Teeling ‘disappointed’ at decision to reject Great Northern Distillery’s plans for whiskey warehouse in Kilcurry

Teeling ‘disappointed’ at decision to reject Great Northern Distillery’s plans for whiskey warehouse in Kilcurry

Great Northern Distillery boss John Teeling says he is “disappointed” at An Bord Pleanála’s decision to refuse his company planning permission for a new whiskey storage warehouse in Kilcurry having spent more than €500,000 on consultancy fees on the doomed plans.

Talk of the Town revealed yesterday that the planning appeals board had rejected the whiskey entrepreneur’s appeal to allow the plans on the 45 hectare site to proceed.

Speaking to The Irish Times today Mr Teeling said he would now look outside the county for the company’s warehousing needs.

An Bord Pleanála dismissed his appeal on the ground that the development would contravene the zoning objective provided for in the county’s development plan.

It added that the development would have formed a “discordant and obtrusive feature on the landscape at this location”.

In its appeal the distillery argued the development was of “strategic economic importance to the rapidly-growing Irish whiskey sector”.

Through his company Great Northern Distillery, Mr Teeling had planned to develop 13 maturation warehouses across 111 acres. Each warehouse had a proposed floor area of about 4,000sq m (43,000sq ft) and would have been around 10m (33ft) high.

Mr Teeling previously said the company planned to spend more than €20 million on the site.

Asked whether this was the end of his plans for the region, Mr Teeling said: “Yes, I’m stuck with a 150-acre farm.”

His distillery previously grew barley on the land, and there is planning permission on a section of the site for housing. Mr Teeling has yet to decide how best to proceed with the site, adding that a disposal might be on the cards.

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