Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Another planning application for 121 Mortimer Road - the 'mole man' house

The long-running saga of the so-called 'Mole Man' house seems to be drawing to a conclusion.

The firm of lawyers thought to be acting for the heirs of William Lyttle, the 'Hackney Mole Man', have lodged a new planning application to demolish the dilapidated house at 121 Mortimer Road in the heart of De Beauvoir. The house is well know locally as the former home of William Lyttle, known as the 'mole man'.

This follows the December approval on appeal of the planning application to replace the existing structure with two four storey houses.

The lawyers have said that once this application is granted the site will be put on sale with the planning permission attached. The application that was granted in December follows the rejection of a previous application which proposed a large, modern block of flats that was rejected on the grounds that it would not have been in keeping with the surrounding conservation area.

Mr. Lyttle was evicted from the house in 2008 after digging tunnels beneath the property making it unsafe and collapsing adjacent pavements. Mr Lyttle passed away in 2010. The saga has attracted nationwide interest and been immortalised on TV and in many books, including those of Iain Sinclair.

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