Fresh plan to demolish Savile’s Highland cottage

Fresh plan to demolish Savile's Highland cottage

Allt-Na-Reigh (Image: Jon Frullani Architect)

A Highland cottage once owned by disgraced television presenter Jimmy Savile could finally be demolished under fresh plans to replace the building with a new home.

Allt-Na-Reigh near Ballachullish in Glencoe has been subjected to continued vandalism despite also being the previous home of mountaineer Sir Hamish MacInnes.

In a bid to wipe the slate clean, retail tycoon Harris Aslam, the current owner, has commissioned Jon Frullani Architect to design a contemporary home that will be “sympathetic” to the surroundings.

In a planning application submitted to Highland Council, Jon Frullani wrote: “This conflict between the location and the connection to one of the previous owners was highlighted when VisitScotland used an image of the property with the ‘Three Sisters of Glencoe’ in the background to promote the area, only to have to remove the image admitting it had been posted in error due to the negative reaction it received from the public.”

Mr Aslam intends to call the site “Hamish House” after the mountaineer. It is hoped work would begin on the site next year and a commemorative plaque would be installed to honour the achievements of Hamish MacInnes.

Mr Aslam said: “We are pleased to have submitted a revised planning application to Highland Council for the demolition of the existing cottage and replacement with an alternative residence sympathetic to the prestigious surroundings.

“The proposed design takes into account feedback from several consultations held with engaged stakeholders including Mountaineering Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Highland Council and most importantly, the local community.”

He added: “This really is an incredibly exclusive property and presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop something we can all be very proud of as adorers of the Glencoe valley and as proud Scots.

“Accordingly, intending to pay homage to Sir Hamish, it gives us great pride to propose the outbuilding to be named Hamish House along with a commemorative plaque to be installed on-site to honour these great achievements.

“This has been a challenging project over the last few months and years, though we appreciate a pre-application position reached with Highland Council whereby they are welcoming the revised proposals and we are hopeful this will lead to a positive outcome for all with a view to commencing works on site in spring 2024.”

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