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Jimmy Savile’s Highland lair still waiting to be knocked down after 18 months

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The former Scottish Highland home of Jimmy Savile is still standing 18-months after a planning application was submitted to have it demolished to make way for a modern pad.

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.

The building has been stripped bare so that there is practically “nothing left of it”, while the cottage has collapsed ceilings, smashed walls and piles of debris left behind by trophy hunters.

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Speaking to other members of an online group who visit derelict and abandoned properties, one person said: "Finally went to see the Jimmy Savile house. Nothing left of it though.”

Others who had visited the site said the cottage had been "completely wrecked" in recent weeks, with roof tiles torn off and insulation pulled from walls.

The Mirror reported that the property, once visited by King Charles, was chosen by the prolific paedo during a cycling trip in 1944, and he lived there from 1998 until his death aged 84 in 2011.

Savile left orders that the cottage be handed over to the community after his death. But soon after, Scotland Yard launched a nationwide probe into a flood of allegations about the perverted star, with police searching the cottage for evidence that victims were abused there.

The two-bed home beside the A82, once home to climber and mountain rescue leader Hamish MacInnes, was auctioned for £212,000 then sold on.

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It was later bought for a reported £335,000 by the family of retail tycoon Harris Aslam but his plans to raze it to the ground remain up in the air despite being lodged in October 2021.

Aslam plans to replace the eyesore with a futuristic new-build family home but the proposal has prompted a flood of complaints.

Amongst objectors was The National Trust for Scotland who said the contemporary design would "distract and detract from the immersive experience of travelling through a landscape that is renowned and valued across the world".

It said: "It damages our nation's reputation for respecting heritage, while bringing no obvious public benefit."

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