Port of Leith Distillery (Ocean Drive next to Ocean Terminal)

Name/location Port of Leith Distillery (Ocean Drive next to Ocean Terminal)
Owner/developer Leith Distillery
Proposal New building to house a whisky distillery, including visitor experience/tasting area and shop, office and bar/restaurant. Development will involve moving the existing listed Paint Shed building to a new location.
Current status
  • Application being considered
  • Alcohol licence approved
Key dates
  • Planning to start dismantling Paint Shed beginning of February 2019 – to be stored at Ocean Terminal for one year or until new site identified.
  • Land deal was completed at the end of July 2019, which means they plan to be on site very shortly and should be open for business in the first quarter of 2021
LHNCC POSITION Supported (see October 2017 minutes)
  • New business
  • Will attract visitors to the area
  • Interesting and attractive design
Issues Involves moving thehistoric Steel Shed building (which had its listed building status removed)
Actions by LHNCC
  • Discussed with Holder Planning to see if any consideration being given to the Steel Shed in Resolution’s plan for Ocean Terminal, and spoke to CEC Case Officer but told not relevant to that application.
  • Meeting with of Leith Distillery management to discuss progress arranged for 11/4/19.They have provided update report for Newsletter and copy will be on our Planning portal.
  • Keeping in touch with Leith Live re update.
  • A member of a group that supports restoration of the shed spoke on behalf of Leith Live at the April meeting with regard to seeking funding to keep the Shed and ensure its heritage is maintained by siting it in the dock area.
Future action
  • Investigate the de-listing (by Historic Environment Scotland in 2016) that means the Steel Shed can be removed from the site without permission; and the CEC Committee response that the proposal is acceptable in this instance ‘subject to a condition requiring that the applicant undertake a programme of works ensuring that a historic record of the building is kept.’
  • Forth Ports to be contacted about a potential new site for the Steel Shed.
  • Developer aims to start build in 2019. Ocean Terminal will store dismantled shed for 1 year
  • Steel shed to be deconstructed and stored on Ocean Terminal’s land, and Duncan Bremner of Out of the Blue is working on finding an alternative location for it in the future.
Further information developer website: https://leithdistillery.com
CEC reference/link 17/04428/FUL
Case officer Jane Iannarelli: jane.Iannarelli@edinburgh.gov.uk Tel 0131 469 3557.