The planning application for a potential major tourist attraction in Co Longford has been submitted to Longford Co Council.
Blacksmith Ventures Ltd are seeking permission for the creation of a distillery at the old Post Office, Main Street, Lanesboro, which, it is hoped, could attract up to 20,000 visitors annually within five years.
The application seeks permission for the development of a distillery and visitor centre, consisting of change of use, refurbishment and combination of the two existing three-storey buildings into a single unit to serve as the visitor centre including tasting area, exhibition and interpretative space, and retail area.
Permission is also sought for works to the rear of the development along the existing stone wall; demolition of two existing single-storey extensions; construction of a new three-storey visitor facility extension; construction of a new single-storey with mezzanine distillery to accommodate various milling, mashing, fermentation and distillation equipment, high level visitor walkway, ancillary plant and production functions.
The application further seeks change of use, refurbishment and extension of the existing single-storey out building into a single-storey cask room and the construction of a new single-storey building to accommodate cask filling and bottling room, bonded and unbonded warehouse and gin room.
Finally, Blacksmith Ventures Ltd seek to secure permission for the change of use, refurbishment and extension of a second single-storey outbuilding into a separate single-storey building to provide staff facilities, plantroom and electrical switch room with roof-top plant and all associated site development works including a new site entrance off the New Harbour/Commons North access road.
A decision is expected in December.