Burn Stewart Distillers have applied for planning permission to create a new visitor centre at their Deanston Distillery.
The firm has lodged a submission with planners at Stirling Council to turn a former canteen building into the visitor attraction, says the Stirling Observer.
Burn Stewart believes that the new development would generate six full-time positions and lead to the creation of further part-time summer jobs.
The submission on behalf of Burn Stewart says: “The proposed development will allow the distillery to provide visitor attractions that will enable it to offer a comparable visitor experience to other distilleries throughout Scotland, while providing additional permanent and seasonal employment for the locality.
“The proposed development involves the reuse and adaptation of an existing building within the distillery grounds and the construction of a new car park.”
The Deanston Distillery has been in production since 1966 and Burn Stewart believe that the visitor centre could help bring in new income streams.
The proposal concluded: “The distillery currently employs 13 people and the proposed development would see a 50 per cent increase in full-time employees with additional staff required during the busy tourist season.”