Raise a glass to major distillery
Multi-million pound plans for Northumberland’s first whisky distillery have been given the go-ahead.
The Ad Gefrin Distillery is to be built on the former Redpath’s Yard in Wooler, next to the A697.
Up to 50 jobs will be created, many of them long-term.
It is hoped the development will impact local, national and international markets.
In addition to local employment and the showcasing of local products, it is projected to stimulate a variety of business opportunities, building on the increased number of visitors to the town.
At the heart of the venture will be the production of a new single malt whisky and niche spirits.
The public will be able to explore the story of the area and the ancient Kingdom of Northumbria at the site, as well as enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, a bistro, whisky tastings, and retail and events spaces.
After extensive local consultation, the proposals won praise from residents and businesses alike.
Nothumberland County Council has now approved the detailed plans.
It was a delegated decision by the planning department.
This covers all stages of the distillery, from the clearing of the site to opening the doors.
Planning permission provides the starting gun on the demolition and removal of the existing buildings and salvaging of the slates and external stone for re-use.
Formal approval also means that work can now begin in earnest to bring the Ad Gefrin Distillery Experience to fruition.
Alan Ferguson, head of the Ferguson family which is behind the plans, said: “We are thrilled with this decision and so grateful to Northumberland County Council for supporting our vision.
“This project has been a long time in the making, and now it will come to fruition.”
Eileen Ferguson, whose family the Redpaths originally owned the site, said: “I want to give a big thank you to all of the residents and local businesses throughout what has been a six-month consultation process.
“We received 100 per cent support for our plans.”