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Last Updated: Monday, 26 April, 2004, 21:25 GMT 22:25 UK
'Homeless' laird builds new lodge
A man claiming to be Scotland's only homeless laird has won the right to build a lodge on his 5,000-acre Highland estate.

Hugh Whittle bought the Glencripesdale Estate and planned to build a home and caretaker's cottage.

But conservationists opposed the move, claiming his real aim was a luxury holiday development.

Fifty seven objections were lodged against the plans on the remote Morvern Peninsula near Mull.

Objectors claimed that agricultural and sporting potential was insufficient to justify more housing in an unspoilt, fragile area.

They also said approval would set a precedent for further development.

Mr Whittle disputed those claims and said he was the only laird in Scotland without a home on his estate.

The original mansion - in a state of disrepair - was destroyed during an army exercise.

Mr Whittle received planning permission and councillors said they would look favourably on an application to renovate the existing property.



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