Save Tullig from West Cork Distillers
Skibbereen based West Cork Distillers Ltd. has re-submitted plans to Cork County Council for the construction of 12 industrial-scale warehouses in the rural community of Tullig/Reenascreena in the heart of the West Cork countryside.

West Cork Distillers Planning Application

Public Submissions Open Until 16:00 on 04/02/2022
West Cork Distillers submitted a new Planning Application on 23/12/2021 in a blatant and underhanded attempt to squeeze the community's 5-week submissions window.

It seems Cork County Council is letting them get away with their questionable tactics too. The planning office has added just 4-days to the deadline for submissions, despite both the Christmas break and, crucially, a surge in Covid cases over the holidays preventing many people from attending in person to view the plans. Planning documents only became available to view online from 17/01/2022, giving us just 2.5 weeks to make our submissions.

A view of the site

This is the 11 hectare site that West Cork Distillers wants to turn into industrial warehouse complex holding 240,000 casks of maturing whiskey 

Key Community Objections

These are the key objections highlighted in the conclusion of our Tullig & Reensscreena Community Group Submission. The full report covers everything in a lot more detail.
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  • The local road infrastructure (L4239 and L4241) is completely unsuitable for increased use by heavy goods vehicles.
  • There is potential for increased flooding, particularly in Connonagh, but also at other sites locally, because natural surface water attenuation provided by the peat bog would be removed during development, and replaced with vast artificial surfaces that increased surface water runoff.
  • There’s a genuine concern that allowing an industrial development like this one in Tullig/Reenascreena will not just irrevocably alter the appearance of the landscape, but will erode the intangible underlying fabric of the rural community.
  • We believe the development would have a radical and negative visual impact on the rural landscape. There is no characteristic of industrial warehousing units that allow them to sit harmoniously in a landscape of “Rolling Intimate Mosaic Farmland”.
  • We are concerned that granting permission for such a development sets a dangerous precedent. It would give a green light to profiteering industrialists, prompting them to buy up low-cost agricultural land to satisfy their industrial warehousing needs. Such development adds nothing to the immediate local economy and serves to erode the core values that underpin rural Irish communities.  
  • A substantial proportion of the site is intact remnant peat bog, and supports much higher levels of biodiversity, and a different range of species, than surrounding areas of improved grassland. At a time when we face the dual crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, we should fight to retain even small fragments of habitat that help address both.
  • The proposed development would impose a significant, multi-faceted burden on local residents, spanning community, landscape, infrastructure, agriculture, property, amenity and more, while delivering no tangible benefit.
Whiskey Maturation Warehouses like the ones proposed by West Cork Distillers
Whiskey Maturation Warehouses similar to those proposed for the West Cork Distillers development

Why should I object?

If you're a resident of rural West Cork, this concerns YOU. Should this inappropriate use of unzoned agricultural land for industrial development proceed it sets a dangerous precedent for rural communities across the region. This development alters the fundamental land-use of the site, irrevocably changes the character of the landscape and undermines the underlying fabric of the rural community. It takes what makes rural Ireland special, and obliterates it.

And make no mistake, if we allow a development like this to go ahead in Tullig, given the explosive (pun intended) growth of the Irish whiskey industry, it won't be too long before there's a similar warehousing project coming to a townland near you. So let's nip this in the bud now and let businesses like West Cork Distillers know that putting profit before place and people simply isn't going to be tolerated in rural Ireland.
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