It has been quiet now for some time re the new planned distillery near Farkin, between Port Ellen and Laphroaig. The first plans for the new Distillery were officially presented in April 2018. Since then it has been quiet. The new owners had submitted their plans to Argyll and Bute Council for approval and there has been some local consultation as well. Not everyone was pleased with the new distillery. Some folk didn't like the exterior design of the buildings and others were opposed to a new distillery altogether, especially in that particular location.
A couple of weeks ago however new plans were submitted to the council showing a rather different design of the buildings with a more traditional exterior, more or less in line with the other distilleries. It's another step forward for Elixir Distillers who are keen on starting their venture on Islay. Continue reading...
Commenting on the new plans, Sukhinder Singh said: “I wanted to build a distillery on Islay because I have always loved the island, its people and its whiskies. Our hope is that our distillery becomes an integral part of the island community, and one of our key priorities is to work collaboratively with the local community to ensure everyone benefits.”
An additional planning application will be submitted this month for the construction of eight staff houses. Elixir hope to build further accommodation on the site on what is now called Torradale Farm.
In consultation with the Islay Community Council, Elixir also hope to launch a charitable fund which they will contribute to on an annual basis once construction on the distillery begins. The funds will be managed by a board of trustees sourced from the Islay community.