Kilcurry residents welcome plan

Residents from Kilcurry have welcomed the decision made by An Bord Pleanála to refuse permission for a proposed development of whiskey maturation warehouses in the village.
The Great Northern Distillery were appealing a decision by Louth County Councillors who opted not to materially contravene the Louth County Development Plan to allow the ambitious project to proceed. Great Northern Distillery started producing whiskey in Dundalk in 2015. Maturation is an essential part of the process of making whiskey and because of this they required warehouses to mature their whiskey. Following the purchase of a 45-hectare site close to St Brigid’s church in Kilcurry which was earmarked to build warehouses there was backlash amongst the local community who voiced their concerns about the size of the project as well as environmental and scenic concerns.
An Bord Pleanála in recent days have rejected the Carrick Road firm’s final bid to build the facility on a 45 hectare site closed to St Brigid’s Church.
Meetings between the concerned residents and GND failed to reach any agreement and it seemed that the distillery’s hopes of building these warehouses came to an end last June when Louth County Councillors opted not to materially contravene the Louth County Development Plan to allow it to proceed. The land in question was zoned for agricultural use and councillors would have to rezone it for industrial use for the development to proceed. GND appealed this decision but last week their efforts seemed to have been halted permanently when An Bord Pleanála rejected the company’s appeal, a decision which would seem to have put an end to this long running saga.
A short statement from Kilcurry Concerned Residents welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanala.
Kilcurry Concerned residents welcome the decision made by An Bord Pleanála to REFUSE the proposed development of whiskey maturation warehouses in our community.

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