Bailieborough whiskey facility gets planning

Cavan County Council has given planning permission for a whiskey maturation warehouse facility in Bailieborough.

The decision was made despite strong objections raised by more than 30 residents.

Teeling Whiskey Company’s plans involve a whiskey maturation warehouse facility on a five-hectare site at Leitrim, Bailieborough.

The development would comprise a warehouse of 2,700 square metres and a whiskey-maturation warehouse of 3,000 square metres.

There’d also be parking for ten cars, a loading bay for heavy-good vehicles and CCTV cameras.

Six strong objections were lodged against it, signed by a total of 32 people.

Liam and Imelda Cotter, of Institute Road, Bailieborough, said they were unable to find one positive aspect to the proposed development, claiming it had absolutely no connection with this residential area.

They believe the road is unsuitable for HGVs, adding the height of the warehouse – 36 feet – would have a very negative impact on the area.

The Cotters also claimed the development would pose a fire hazard because of inflammable liquid released into the atmosphere.

They also claim that so-called black fungus would attach itself to houses in the area.

But the council has granted permission, subject to 18 conditions, including payment of a development contribution of €143,000.

Yet residents can still appeal against it to An Bord Pleanála.