Council suggests Moyvore whiskey storage facility be located in large town

Westmeath County Council has asked the developer of the multimillion-euro distillery planned for Moyvore to consider developing the project in one of its main towns.

It was due to make a decision on the application by yesterday, but that has been delayed because of the local authority’s concerns.

Vault Storage plans to develop a €138-million distillery at Moyvore and it submitted an application for phase 1 of the project, costing €38 million, in July.

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This includes 12 maturation warehouses and a whiskey-filing hall.

While a decision was due by yesterday, Westmeath County Council has written to the developer asking for further information and a verdict now won’t be known until after that has been received, likely to be several weeks.

The council isn’t satisfied a fully comprehensive overall assessment of all lands zoned for industrial use has been undertaken, as part of the examination of potential alternative sites.

It has asked the developer to assess the feasibility of locating the development on lands zoned for enterprise and employment in one of the main towns in the county.

The council also wants a more robust assessment of the visual impact the development could have and invited the developer to respond to the several objections lodged against the plan.