The proposed new whisky distillery near Keswick has been given the green light by the Lake District planners.
At a recent meeting of the Lake District National Park Development Control Committee, planning approval was passed unanimously.
'I am delighted that we are now able to proceed with our plans to produce a Lakes Malt whisky in Cumbria', commented Paul Currie, founder and MD of the The Lakes Distillery Company. 'The Lakes offer an ideal location for distilling malt whisky, and we are confident of producing a wonderful product'.
The distillery is to be located in a former Victorian Model Farm at Setmurthy near Bassenthwaite Lake. 'These are historic buildings that have fallen into disuse, so we are pleased that we can now renovate these to use as our distillery', Paul Currie told us.
Building work will start in the next months, with a planned opening in 2012.
As well as producing the Lakes Malt, the distillery will also operate a visitor centre, including tours, a shop and café.
The venture is being guided by the founder of a distillery that opened on the Isle of Arran 15 years ago, which has been widely acclaimed and has won many awards. It is expected to employ 25 people.