Elixir Distillers applies for permission to build Islay distillery

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A planning application has been submitted for a new distillery on Islay.

Elixir Distillers, which produces Elements of Islay and Port Askaig, has moved a step closer to building a new Scotch whisky distillery on Islay after submitting a planning application.

Elixir Distillers submitted the planning application to Argyll and Bute Council on November 21 last year, and it was validated on December 6.

The application seeks permission to construct a distillery on the island, complete with maltings, a vaulted maturation warehouse, visitor centre with shop, restaurant, meeting facilities and a tasting lodge.

The bid also includes permission to feature a car park, sewage treatment plant and pumping station, new junction, access roads, car parking, tankfarms, a retention pond, reservoir and to allow sea water intake.

The distillery will be built on a plot of land located to the south-east of Farkin Cottage near Port Ellen. Plans for the distillery were first revealed in April last year.