After 9 months in the making we finally have full planning permission for the development.
One of the most difficult parts in the planning application has been trying to demonstrate and show confidence that there is no risk of contamination into Lough Erne which the site looks on to. Building a distillery almost on top of the water course has some engineering challenges to say the least! Risk mitagation is required at every level.
We had to demonstrate that we’ve put in measures against creating three eyed fish or discharging any form of pollution.
NIEA (Northern Ireland Environment Agency) and WMU (Water Management Unit) are very protective over Lough Erne and anyone who presents a risk. And rightly so. But the administration behind all of these decisions is incredible.
In the end we contacted Arlene Foster who is now the First Minister for NI. Being from Fermanagh she was incredibly supportive to the scheme and her input was very much appreciated.
After a long 9 month road of back and forward with various agencies we have now gained the authority we need.
The result for us is the opportunity to build the most incredible distillery on a site which couldn’t be more picturesque in comparison to anything I’ve personally seen around the world.
With all planning and HMRC licences approved we can now move on to the next crucial step of calling on our potential investors to help us move forward and get work underway.
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