Development consisting of (1) alterations and change of use of the former Saehan Media factory (20,170 sqm) to a whiskey distillery including ancillary bonded warehouse storage, distillation plant areas offices, visitor tour and staff facilities and associated services all occupying 18,430 sqm and a cafe/restaurant/retail area occupying 1,740 sqm. It is intended to reuse existing loading bays, security huts, pump houses and ESB substation, together with the provision of new underground foul and surface water outflow pumping facilities and elevational alterations to the north, west and east elevations (2) External and internal refurbishment of Hazelwood House (2,277 sqm) to provide a visitor centre. The works will also include the removal of the external stair to the east of the house, include forming a new glazed entrance in the adjacent east courtyard, together with a new glazed external passenger lift installation to the west elevation and external ground works including provision of a terraced/deck area to the rear (south) of the house and a water feature/pond over existing parking area between the formal garden of the house and factory/new distillery. The area adjacent (east of) the rear lawn/formal garden will be modified to provide a direct pedestrian link between the house and factory by means of a new ramped approach. It is proposed to use the basement, portions of the ground, first and second floors to serve a tour of the house and as ancillary museum/exhibition areas together with whiskey historical information and tasting areas integrated in a distillery tour. It is proposed to use portions of the ground floor and western out building as a restaurant/tea rooms and to use portions of the second floor as an executive office and board room together with 2 executive residential suites (3) Refurbishment and change of use of existing 567 sqm out-buildings to the east of the site from stables to craft workshops/trade displays, all to include site development works and landscaping, public lighting, utilities including foul pumping stations, and ancillary works to facilitate the development. An existing surface car park will be reconfigured to provide 237 car parking and 5 coach parking spaces (the overall number of parking spaces is 242). Overall gross floor area of existing buildings is 23,014sqm. Site area is 33.2 hectares. A Natura Impact Statement accompanies this application. Hazelwood House is a Protected Structure).
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