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  Planning Application for Cape Clear Island Distillery

The following planning notice will shortly be erected at the entrance to the former fish farm and the required newspaper notice appears in todays Irish Independent. After months of meticulous work including a very comprehensive Natura Impact Statement the planning application is due to be lodged before the weekend. The Community of Cape Clear Island has fought long and hard for its survival and badly needs some significant good news in the from of a project that could be a 'game changer'. The very significant recent investments in the harbour and the announced upgrading of the public water supply will come to nothing if sustainable employment does not follow. Following the withdrawal of the original investor from this project because of the inexplicable difficulties and delays created by Cork County Council great credit is due to the various Island Residents who came forward to fund this planning application from their own resources in cooperation with Comharchumann Chléire Teo. We hope for a positive outcome.



Comharchumann Chléire Teo intends to apply for permission for development at this site, Cnocán na mBáirneach, Cape Clear, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.

The development will consist of: the provision of an integrated whiskey distillery and associated development (with ancillary waste water treatment facilities) comprising: mash house/tun room (171 sq m); fermentation building (236 sq m); stills building and decanting area (298 sq m); visitor’s centre, shop and staff facilities (134 sq m); glazed link area (16 sq m) and cask stores (745 sq m), all ranging from one to three storeys in height. The development will also consist of the provision of ancillary plant areas including wastewater treatment plant enclosures and associated pipework; percolation areas; storage areas including water tank and grain silos; ancillary staff and visitor areas; landscaping and boundary treatments; lighting; changes in level and all ancillary site development and excavation works above and below ground.

A Natura Impact Statement (NIS) will be submitted to the planning authority with the application. The planning application and Natura Impact Statement may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, Norton House, Skibbereen, Co. Cork, during its public opening hours, i.e. 9.00a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application, and such submissions and observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

Signed (Agent):

Tom Phillips + Associates, 80 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, D02F449

Date of erection of site notice: 11 September 2015

email:   telephone: 028 41923