The former Scottish Highland home of Jimmy Savile is still standing nearly two years after a planning application was submitted to have it demolished.
Explorers say the creepy Highland lair in Glencoe, where the celebrity paedophile is believed to have abused 20 victims, lies “totally wrecked” but still standing, to the ire of locals.
Now, members of Highland Council have said an application for the destruction of the grim home is "under consideration", as reported by the Mirror.
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A council spokesperson said: "This application is still under consideration. We cannot provide any information as to when a decision will be made but the planning process is being applied."
But those living in the area, who shudder as they find themselves passing by the disgraced paedophile's former abode, want action taken on the property. It had previously been sold for £212,000 at auction back in 2011 by a buyer intending to live there.
Plans for a move-in never materialised, and the property was then sold to retail tycoon Harris Aslam, who planned on building a "futuristic" pad in its place.
Mountaineering Scotland are fuming at the lack of clarity over the area's future.
The organisation was invited to submit their views on the plan back in January, and said: "The cottage is situated prominently on a bend of the and features in one of the iconic views of Scotland, the view of the Three Sisters of Glencoe from the A82 heading west.
"Having looked at the artist's impressions of the new design that were submitted with the planning application, Mountaineering Scotland has concerns with what is proposed.
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"The concept of rebuilding a cottage at this location is fine, as there has been a cottage here for many years. What we are questioning is the design which seems to elevate the building above the roadside, making it appear to be standing proud in the landscape.
"This has the effect of drawing the eye to the structure itself and away from the scenic landscape, seeming to impose the building on the landscape, rather than within the landscape as the plans suggest.
"This is in a National Scenic Area, a designation that acknowledges that the landscape here is up there with the best that Scotland has to offer."
Some supported the change to the property, with Michael Bassett writing in to the council, saying: "This location has been blighted for many years with the existence of an unattractive and vandalised dwelling with its connections to a disgraced public figure. It is time to erase this and to move on.
"The proposed design is modern, characterful and striking, and in my opinion, entirely in context with its location."
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