New houses planned for key workers

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A bid is being made to build six new homes to attract key workers to the south end of Arran.

Torrylinn Developments Ltd, wholly owned by Marigot Ltd, is to convert the former creamery in Kilmory into an £8 million plant reprocessing waste from the two island distilleries, as previous reported in the Banner.

However, they  say they are acutely aware of difficulty of attracting experienced/ talented people to Arran and believes that it will be vitally important to provide modern/innovative housing for senior level staff to come here.

The first planning application is for two new houses on a parcel of land to the east of village, which forms part of a six-house masterplan. Marigot Ltd has aspirations to create a carefully considered development which is unique. Each house has been designed specific to its site and will be built around a designed landscape within the site which both connects it to the creamery site and encourages positive social interaction amongst the residents, according to architects Denham Youd.

They are of a high design quality, low carbon and of an appropriate size to attract new key staff members to the south side of the island.

Upon successful implementation of the two new houses and as the business grows, it is Marigot Ltd’s intent to submit a subsequent application to develop another four houses on the site, to allow them to grow the business, in the face of accommodation shortages on the south side of the island.

The chairman of Marigot Ltd, Les Auchincloss, has had a very long association with Arran and is a major shareholder in Arran Distilleries. He recently told the Banner that this was a long-term project involving cutting-edge technology.

Based on his experience and knowledge he has long believed the distillery waste
presented a significant commercial opportunity. As a consequence, laboratories and
research centres within the group have been conducting trials for a number of years now into the potential income streams that could be generated.

With a workforce that will include scientists, microbiologists and laboratory
technicians, the workforce for phase 1 is expected to be eight people growing to 16 within the first three years, when phase 2 would kick in.

In a statement to planners, the company said: ‘Marigot Limited have invested considerable time and money over the past five years getting to this point and are fully committed to this project for the long haul recognising that it will take time to develop and optimise this innovative technology.

‘The company anticipates an investment in the region of £8 million over five years, which will include expanding/rebuilding the current premises to include a new office block and laboratory as well as the required warehousing for manufacturing/ processing/storage and material handling facilities.

‘The company recognizes the difficulty of attracting experienced/talented people to Arran and believes that it will be vitally important to provide modern/innovative housing which makes a statement regarding the forward-looking ethos of the company in order to do this.’

‘This is the basis for this planning application. As a starting point, the company has recently completed the restoration of the two adjoining cottages to a high standard in order to provide some initial staff accommodation on-site until such time as the new houses are available.

Marigot Limited has an enviable track record in the development of innovative products
ranges based on sound scientific research and development and brings the full weight of the group and the considerable experience/expertise that exists across all its laboratories and research facilities to this project, the statement concluded.

The application is under consideration by planning officials.