Fresh plans submitted for previously-approved Jedburgh whisky distillery

Plans for a £40 million whisky distillery near Jedburgh are back on the table after a previously-approved application expired in January.

Mossburn Distillers, part of Dutch drinks firm Marussia Beverages BV, led proposals to build a grain and malt whisky plant, visitor centre and 200-seater restaurant close to the former Jedforest Hotel.

The Simpson & Brown Architects-designed project received unanimous support from councillors in December 2016 but needed clearance from the Scottish Government due to flooding issues flagged up by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Developers have now lodged a repeat application with the promise of up to 70 full-time jobs. A report to councillors has recommended they approve the plans as a “significant economic investment”.

The first phase of the development would see a small distillery built to educate visitors in the “craft of making spirit”.

A larger-scale distillery, capable of producing millions of bottles per year, would be completed after that.

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