Appeal against refusal to demolish Mole Man’s mansion
An appeal has been lodged to demolish the dilapidated house of notorious Mole Man tunneller, after Hackney Council’s planning team refused planning permission to develop the site.
The application to build a pair of four-storey houses - one five-bedroom and one four-bedroom- at the junction of Mortimer Road and Stamford Road was submitted by Andrew Fraser, who claims to be acting as administrator for the heirs of William Lyttle.
The eccentric oddball gained worldwide fame after he spent 40 years digging a 60-foot network of tunnels beneath his �1 million house before he died last June, owing over �400,000 to the council, which saved the building from collapse.
Fraser’s previous application to demolish the house and build a block of eight flats was also rejected by council planning officers last November.
Council officers said the demolition “would result in the loss of a building of local townscape merit, which is a heritage asset and makes a positive contribution to the special historic character of the De Beauvoir Conservation Area.”
You may also want to watch:
The final decision will now lie with the Planning Inspectorate.
- 1 "Outcry" over fortnightly rubbish collection in Stamford Hill
- 2 Campaigners to protest at GP surgeries as outrage grows over US takeover
- 3 Three men who went on stabbing spree in Hackney convicted of murder
- 4 "Predator" jailed after sexually assaulting sleeping woman on Hackney bus
- 5 Three men charged following Hackney shooting
- 6 Reopening week saw “record-breaking” days at pubs in Hoxton
- 7 Hackney restaurant exhibits local artists with new art space
- 8 Hackney service remembers Prince Philip, 'rock of the nation'
- 9 Newington Green's Meeting House to stream concert series for Mary Wollstonecraft's 262nd Birthday
- 10 Hackney volunteers tend to Overground station gardens