COUNCILLORS have given the go-ahead for a £10m distillery to be built near Inverkip which could generate around 50 jobs.

Members of the Planning Board met to consider the application today and they decided to give the ambitious development the green light, agreeing with a recommendation from officials to approve it.

The Ardgowan Distillery Company plans a 'world-class whisky distillery and visitor attraction' on the Ardgowan Estate – with the potential to bring jobs and new economic activity to the area.

The state-of-the-art facility - which will produce a lowland single malt - will be built on the site of the old sawmill just south of the A78 Inverkip road, near the junction with the A770.

The plans include a retail and visitor attraction, with the potential for new employment both during construction and more jobs once the distillery is operational in 2019.

The proposal will resurrect the name of the Ardgowan Distillery, which was founded in 1896 and located in Baker Street, Greenock.

After a few years of whisky production, the distillery was used to make grain spirit and industrial alcohol until it was destroyed in the May Blitz of 1941.