A full planning and listed building application to convert a redundant part of the 19th century Cistercian monastery building has been approved by North West Leicestershire District Council.

The plans were drawn up with the help of Fisher German Rural Estate Agents and Chartered Surveyors, based in Ashby and Westminster Building Company are delighted to be working on this project.

The development will enable the monastery to produce Trappist beer, the only product of its type within the UK, whilst continuing centuries of monastic brewing tradition. It will replace an uneconomical, in-hand dairy farm which has ceased operation.

The conversion will entail some minor internal and external modifications to the building. It will also include ventilation equipment, sparrow nesting boxes and bat boxes.