Project faces heritage test

A public inquiry in December is set to test the case for developments close to the Antonine Wall.

The Roman fortification was declared a world heritage site last year and Historic Scotland is objecting to plans for a distillery close to the remains in Falkirk.

Falkirk Council approved the development in March after concluding that the impact on the wall's setting would be acceptable.

But a Historic Scotland spokeswoman said: "The area where the distillery is proposed is particularly important because of the relationship of the wall to the broader landscape."

Falkirk Distillery Company spokeswoman Fiona Stewart maintained that its plans are being used as a test case for the creation of buffer zones along the wall.

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