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Glenmorangie Distillery gets Highland Council go-ahead for mobile catering unit and reception building

By Ian Duncan

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AN Easter Ross distillery near Tain will be able to install a mobile catering unit and build a new reception building.

Planners at Highland Council have ruled that temporary planning permission should be granted for the proposal put forward by Glenmorangie Distillery.

In the decision notice, the council said: "The Highland Council in exercise of its powers under the above acts grants planning permission for the above development in accordance with the particulars given in the application."

Council officials have imposed one condition – the permission is granted for a temporary period only and shall cease to have effect on June 9, 2027.

The reason given in the letter was that it was in recognition of the temporary nature of the proposed development and the spokesman added: "This is to enable the planning authority to reassess the impact of the development after a given period of time and secure removal and restoration."

It was felt that the application followed the provisions of the council's development plan and there were no material considerations which would warrant its refusal.

A spokesman said: "As the proposed development would not appear to materially change the risk of potential contamination at the site, an investigation is not required at this stage.

"However, should any suspected contamination be encountered during development, all works should halt until further actions are agreed with the council."

As part of the council's planning consultation a Network Rail spokesman said: "After examining the proposal Network Rail considers that it will have no impact on railway infrastructure and therefore have no comments or objections to this application."

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