A whisky giant has lodged plans to expand one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries right in the heart of the Mearns.
Whyte and Mackay wish to redevelop and extend Fettercairn Distillery, which has been in operation since 1824.
The work would include a 60sqm expansion to the ground of the first floor of the distillery - which would result in an increase of production.
In a report to planners, Ian Gallacher, of property consultant GVA James Barr, said the work would have an economic benefit for the village of Fettercairn, which is near Laurencekirk.
He said: “Overall, the package of works will redevelop the distillery and offer more opportunities and tourism activity.
“In line with the principles of the Local Development Plan, the increase in production which the proposed works will allow will increase investment in the local area and enhance the visitor opportunities for those members of the public touring the facility.”
The project will also see work to the building’s interior.
Mr Gallacher added: “The building currently operates as a successful distillery as it has done since 1824, therefore the principle of an extension to this existing building, in our position, is acceptable.”
Fettercairn resident and Mearns community Ccuncillor, Andy Hayes told the Observer this week how he hoped the work would benefit the local economy.
He said: “I welcome the expansion works to Fettercairn Distillery, which is the major employer in the village.
“This shows a confidence in the distillery and is good news for local business and tourism.
“I hope it will increase investment in the village and surrounding areas and bring benefits to the local economy.”