Jimmy Savile’s Glencoe house of horrors will be demolished as plans for the site have been revealed
The famous pedophile TV personality lived at the property in Allt-na-Reigh and is believed to have assaulted 20 of his victims there before his death in 2011.
New plans to demolish Jimmy Savile’s hideout in the Highlands – with a new home more suited to the stunning surrounding area – have been revealed after a wave of public backlash.
The house was bought by Harris Aslam, director of Fife-based Scottish department store company Eros Retail. Aslam decided to let people from the area decide the property’s bleak future, however, original plans for a new home on the site submitted in 2021 sparked a wave of protests, with many saying the design was inappropriate. For stunning landscapes.
The pedophile TV presenter lived at the property in Allt-na-Reigh in Glencoe from 1998 until his death in 2011, and it is believed to be the site of abuse for 20 of his victims. Aslam and his family have now submitted new proposals for the property through their company Glencoe Cottage Ltd, which can now be viewed on Highland Council’s planning website.
According to the Daily Record, the architect’s accompanying design statement says: “It is a site with some of the best scenery that Scotland has to offer, but despite this, the vandalism demonstrates a feeling towards the property, born from a disgraced former legacy.” The owner, although another previous owner is the famous Scottish mountaineer Hamish MacInnes. This conflict between the website and contact with one of the previous owners was highlighted when Tourism Scotland used a photo of the property with the “Three Sisters of Glencoe” in the background to promote the area, only to remove the photo while acknowledging that it had been published in error due to the negative reaction it received. received from the public.”
A VisitScotland spokesperson said: “Our social media channels are used to inspire people to visit Scotland, which is why we often share stunning images taken by visitors to our country. By mistake, we shared on Instagram an image depicting the snow-capped mountains at Glencoe. Which also contained a building, we later determined Remove it if it causes any crime.”
“The residence is the only residential building in the immediate vicinity, and is situated along the main road through the Glencoe Valley with dramatic and ever-changing scenery on either side of the road. The nearest town is Glencoe, about six miles to the west along the A82.
“With the well-publicized history of the existing residence overshadowing the site, the client felt a contemporary approach was needed in contrast to the existing cottage on the site.”
Aslam plans to name the outbuilding of the new house “Hamish House” in honor of the famous mountaineer MacInnis, who created the terrodactyl ice ax and the Macin stretcher, used by mountain rescue teams around the world, on the site, after the existing cottage was demolished. . But the businessman said that the alternative would be more sympathetic to the surrounding environment.
It was reported that the family of retail tycoon Mr Aslam bought the cottage for £335,000. Plans submitted in 2021 showed a new future “family home” but were rejected by objectors. The two-bedroom house was put up for auction after Savile’s death in 2011, and the buyer, who intended to live there, paid £212,000 for it, but it was then bought by Mr Aslam’s family.
The hut attracted vandals who wrote numerous slogans on its walls – which had been whitewashed years ago. The word “Bidou” was written on the side of the house on the hillside. Among the previous logos was written “Jimmy the Monster”. Savile once hosted Prince Charles over dinner at the country house, which he first saw on a cycling holiday in 1944 and featured in Louis Theroux’s famous documentary When Louis Met Jimmy.
He became a regular in the village of Glencoe, where residents said he was an “attention seeker” and would walk around in a Highland kilt waving to passing tourists. An area man has described how he asked for the disgraced DJ’s autograph and instead received a strange message from him saying “lost girls” should visit him.
It is hoped that work on the new scheme – if approved – will begin on the site next year, with a plaque honoring McInnes’ achievements. Aslam said: “We are pleased to submit a revised planning application to Highland Council to demolish the existing cottage and replace it with alternative housing sympathetic to the prestigious surroundings.
“The proposed design takes into account feedback from numerous consultations with stakeholders involved including Mountaineering Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland, the Highland Council and, most importantly, the local community.
“This is truly an incredibly exclusive property and presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop something we can all be proud of as lovers of the Glencoe Valley.”