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Plans for new Lochaber distillery approved

image captionA distillery, warehousing and a visitor centre are planned for the site

Councillors have approved plans for a new distillery in Lochaber after earlier making an inspection of the proposed site.

Highland Council planning officials had recommended approval for the planned Adelphi Distillery at Glenbeg in Ardnamurchan.

The proposals also include warehousing and a visitor centre.

The planning application received 105 letters of support and 52 from objectors.

To be called the Ardnamurchan Distillery, it would employ 10 people.

Chairman Keith Falconer said: "The site visit today confirmed to councillors that the Glenbeg location has several significant benefits for a distillery development, in particular access to the clearest and purest of water and a cool and damp climate for the slow maturation of the casks.

"Glenbeg's situation is easily accessible to local timber supplies and the on-site hydroelectricity will heat and power our small, but technologically advanced, facility.

"The benefits to Adelphi of being able to take control of production for the first time in 100 years are overwhelming; in particular the ability to protect our name and quality by having control over raw materials and distillation."

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