St. Boswells Distillery, in the Scottish Borders, has been granted planning permission to create Scotland’s lowest carbon grain distillery. Developers Jackson Distillers aim to produce 20m litres of alcohol a year and provide the grain spirit for scotch whisky blending as well as for gin and vodka.
It plans to use locally grown cereals from the surrounding Tweed Valley, and it will maximise recycling with no waste going to landfill along with implementing the latest in distilling technology.
As well as creating 200 construction roles along with 20 permanent jobs. Construction is due to commence in 2022 with the first spirit produced in 2024.
Trevor Jackson, founder and CEO of Jackson Distillers, said: “This is another significant step forward in the process to create the Scottish Borders’ first major grain distillery.
“We have had great support for our proposals from local stakeholders across the region and have worked closely with Scottish Borders Council to ensure we created plans that fit into the landscape, present climate change mitigation opportunities and support the local community
A spokesperson added: “The approved planning application will facilitate a £46 million investment in the local economy.”