News / It’s Green for Whitby Gin

Native are delighted that our planning application for a new gin distillery for our client Whitby Distillery has been granted consent.

The new distillery will be built in the grounds of the famous Whitby Abbey on the site of the now disused Abbey Lands Farm.

Using the redundant Grade II Listed barns, the proposals extend and link them together to provide the space necessary to dry locally foraged botanicals, then distillation, bottling, and final dispatch of the bottled gin to customers.

Whitby Distillery was founded in 2017 by Jessica Slater and Luke Pentith who have grown their business from a home brew project to one whose gin is stocked in more than 300 outlets across the UK!

The move will enable the distillery to become one of the most iconic distillery visitor experiences in England, providing leisure and function space, a visitor and tourism experience, and employment opportunities for the local community.

The building will generate a significant proportion of its energy needs on site with further reductions in carbon footprint achieved through rainwater harvesting and heat recovery from the distillation process.

Indigenous plants and flowers will partly cloak the roofs and those used in the flavouring of Whitby Gin will be grown in the adjoining garden.

We look forward to updating you with progress when work begins on this highly sustainable, low carbon distillery in 2021.

You can be part of Whitby’s future by becoming a Founding Member of Whitby Gin Founders Club. Further information can be found