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No cheer for local residents?

Thursday, 3 November 2016

No cheer for local residents? thumbnailA public consultation has been carried out on behalf of the Old Bushmills Distillery prior to submitting planning permission for a maturation facility on the Haw Road, Bushmills.

A BUSHMILLS community group has voiced concerns following a public consultation over the Old Bushmills Distillery's proposed maturation facility planned for 62 acres of agricultural land on the Haw Road in the North Antrim village. Save Our Causeway Coast (SOCC) is a group of Bushmills residents who have come together in the wake of a meeting held last month at the Distillery where plans for the proposed facility were unveiled.
A spokesperson for the group said they were "stunned" to see the extent of the plans, which would see the proposed site develop in phases over the next 20 years.
However, Colum Egan, Master Distillery at the Old Bushmills Distillery, said they have complied fully with their obligations under the planning process for the expansion and that significant work has been undertaken to mitigate the impact of each development phase upon the local area.
Those present at the September meeting were given a presentation outlining the distillery's proposal. The group spokesperson said: "It's proposed that 29 cellular warehouses measuring over 32ft high would be built there, by the time the three phases are complete it would hold 180,000 of alcohol.
“Their plans show trees and landscape all around the sheds, the photo montage predicted that the massive sheds won't be seen - we think differently!"

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