Demolition plans for Mole Man's Hackney home

PUBLISHED: 15:40 21 September 2010 | UPDATED: 16:42 21 September 2010

William Lyttle, aka The Mole Man

William Lyttle, aka The Mole Man


A planning application to demolish 'Mole Man's' dilapidated house and build a block of flats in the Kingsland conservation area has been lodged with Hackney Council.

The dilapidated house of William Lyttle, aka The Mole Man in Mortimer Road

Eccentric William Lyttle, gained worldwide fame after he spent 40 years digging a 60-foot network of tunnels beneath his £1 million house in Mortimer Road.

He died in June without repaying the £350,000 of taxpayers’ money he owed the council for saving the building from collapse.

A search ensued to track down his next of kin - who have now appointed administrator Mr A Fraser, to work on their behalf.

Mr Fraser is also the director of property developers Simnat plc in Clerkenwell.

He lodged a planning application last week to demolish the dilapidated unsafe building - which is still surrounded by scaffolding - and build a block of eight two-bedroom flats.

Members of the public have until October 25 to comment on the application.

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