English residents object to whisky distillery design for looking 'too Scottish'

Residents of a town in Devon have raised objections to plans for a new £4million whisky distillery because they believe the design is 'too Scottish'. 

Published 27th Jan 2017
Updated 21 st Sep 2023

The ambitious plans for the new distillery could see it become the largest in the UK outside of Scotland, however certain sections of the populace of Princetown in Devon think the design - which features a Charles Doig influenced pagoda-style roof prevalent in Scottish distilleries - is "not in keeping with the local area".

Architects of the distillery in the Dartmoor National Park have even been told by some locals that "Princetown is not Scotland".

Chosen by the distillation team due to its high rainfall and low temperatures, the area is described as being ideal for whisky production.

The distinctive, curved pagoda ventilators were first made popular by architect Charles Doig and though most of them are now simply used for aesthetic purposes, they have become synonymous with distilleries throughout Scotland.

Given the chance to look over the plans at a Parich council meeting many residents of the town felt the design was not typical for the area and "inappropriate to a building in Princetown or anywhere on Dartmoor."

Despite the objections the parish council approved the scheme, with the architects saying that the "traditional whisky distillery design" was the best fit for the new building.



Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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