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Cuckoo Gin makers Brindle Distillery looking to secure its long-term business future with second planning application

Mark Long at Brindle Distillery.
Mark Long at Brindle Distillery.
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One of Chorley’s increasingly popular gin producers is hoping it will be second time lucky as it looks to secure its long-term future.

Brindle Distillery at Holmes Farm in Sandy Lane, Brinscall – the creators of the critically acclaimed Cuckoo Gin – was forced to close its Cuckoo’s Nest gin bar after a retrospective planning application for the bar and the gin distillery was rejected by Chorley Council earlier this month.

Mark with Brindle Distillery's Cuckoo Gin.

Mark with Brindle Distillery's Cuckoo Gin.

Founder Gerard Singleton has since submitted a second retrospective application to secure the future of the distillery business and its five full time employees.

Documents submitted to the council by planning agents Rural Futures (North West) Ltd write: “The priority is to secure the distillery business and jobs associated with the distillery so the application has been resubmitted without the bar.

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“This significantly reduces the number of movements to and from the site as well as any potential noise issues associated with the development.”

Cuckoo Gin.

Cuckoo Gin.

The business has been up and running since June 2017 but was rejected by the council for being built on green belt land.

Lancashire County Council also objected to the proposal on highways safety grounds.

Rural Futures suggest that because the distillery exists within an existing haulage yard at Holmes Farm it has no impact on the landscape or biodiversity in the green belt land.

Mark Long, who heads up the distillery, didn’t want to comment at this stage but plans to provide an update as the application moves forward.