Proposals for restaurant and gin distillery lined up for Aviemore
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Plans have come forward for a restaurant with an in-house small batch gin distillery along with seven houses at a prominent site in Aviemore.
Cairngorm Residential LLP has submitted plans for the development at the empty Laraig View House at the northern gateway into the village.
The application was lodged with Highland Council’s planning service in Kingussie by Inverness-based Ecos Design earlier this week.
Cameron Munro, developer at Cairngorm Residental LLP, told the Strathy: "We are extremely pleased with our submission and we think it provides an interesting and appealing entrance to Aviemore from the north."
The planning submission states: “The restaurant will be the focus of the development occupying 0.70 acres of the site nearest the B9152.
“The area of the restaurant building and parking will be raised from existing ground levels to match the road levels.
“The restaurant concept will draw inspiration from an established gin operation currently run by the future restaurant management and continue to highlight passion and love of combining local ingredients throughout both the food and drink offerings.
“The menu will focus on the four seasons and will change regularly to celebrate the seasonality of produce from local niche suppliers.”
The report continues: “A working gin still will be housed within the main building beside the restaurant.
"This is intended to provide a modest visitor experience allowing demonstration and tasting experiences during the day.”
The main distillery operation will be contained in an outbuilding providing storage for all necessary machinery, materials and finished goods. Distilling, bottling and labelling will all take place here.
There will be parking spaces for 20 customers. The proposed housing is for five detached and two semi-detached properties.
The existing properties on the site would be demolished if the plans are approved.
The design statement report states: "The house is unoccupied and would require significant upgrading both internally and externally to be of acceptable habitable standard...
"To the east of the house is a dilapidated former farm steading built of stone and slate with a gross internal floor area of about 142 square metres. The building is in a potentially dangerous
"To the rear of the house are two single storey semi-detached cottages of timber construction with a pitched corrugated iron roof and would require significant upgrading both internally and externally to be of acceptable habitable standard."
The application has been called in by the Cairngorms National Park's planning committee for determination.