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Penderyn gains planning approval for £5m distillery

Welsh whisky producer Penderyn has secured planning permission to build a new £5 million (US$6.1m) distillery in Llandudno, North Wales, which is expected to open in spring 2021.

Penderyn’s second distillery in Wales will occupy a former school

The new site, which will be located in the former Old Board School in Lloyd Street, has gained approval from Conwy Council. The building dates from 1882, and later became the Conwy Archives.

The producer hopes to open the site to the public in spring 2021, subject to the coronavirus pandemic.

Neil Quigley, Penderyn’s director of operations, said: “We are very pleased to have passed the committee stage and are looking forward to progressing with the development of the Llandudno Lloyd St site.

“Our aim, and of course we are aware of the current situation with regard to Covid-19, is to commence operations at this boutique distillery later in the year in readiness for an official opening in spring 2021.

“Generating a single cask per day, we are very excited about bringing Penderyn to Llandudno, and are looking forward to our large customer base in North Wales visiting the new distillery.”

Stephen Davies, chief executive of Penderyn Distillery, added: “We believe the distillery will allow us to introduce unique and innovative single malt whiskies, distilled in North Wales, as well as providing an attraction that will complement the already vibrant and diverse tourism scene in North Wales, and contribute towards extending the visitor season further.”

It will be the second facility from Penderyn. The producer is also planning to open a new site in Swansea on the south coast of Wales, which was originally due to become its second distillery.

According to Penderyn, the site in Swansea “needs a lot of work as it is very derelict” due to its location in a former Copperworks building. Penderyn hopes to open Swansea as its third site in 2022/23.

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