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Ice King: Willie Haughey

MILLIONAIRE businessman Willie Haughey has unveiled plans to build Scotland's most prestigious home.

The former Celtic director and Labour Party donor wants to turn a disused farm he owns into a baronial country mansion.

Haughey, 51, who owns facilities management company City Refrigeration Holdings in Glasgow, said the project had been a "labour of love" over many years.

If it get the go-ahead, it is thought the property in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, will be the most expensive home in the country.

The home will boast a grand hall, six bedrooms, a formal dining area, a games room, a swimming pool and a gym.

The scheme was given the go-ahead by South Lanarkshire Council's planning committee this week however it caused a heated debated as the proposed site is on greenbelt land.

The final decision will now rest with the Scottish Government because the proposal is contrary to the area's development plan.

Speaking yesterday, Mr Haughey said: "I am hoping to build the finest home in Scotland.

"It has been a labour of love and it has taken me five years to get to this stage.

"I have never wanted a yacht or any of those things, but I was dreaming about building this house.

"I will be able to see Parkhead, Ibrox and Hampden from my window. I hope people will be talking about the property for a long time."

Councillor Graeme Simpson urged Mr Haughey to look for somewhere else to build his dream home.

He said: "It is an impressive house that is just over half the size of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and it certainly has the wow factor.

"However, it's design is not the issue but where it is planned to be, which is designated greenbelt land.

"If you look at the council's policies, then this application goes against what the greenbelt is to be used for.

"I feel Mr Haughey could look elsewhere as this house does not need to be built here."

Mr Haughey a four-car garage and office premises on the land, which he bought for £300,000 earlier this year, to allow him to work from home.

He has modelled the property on old American colonial homes and its design is similar to that of the White House.

Councillors voted 14-6 in favour of the plan but it may be months before work can get underway while Haughey awaits the decision of Scottish Ministers.

Born in the Gorbals in 1956, Mr Haughey served an apprenticeship as a refrigeration and air-conditioning engineer before working for two-and-a-half years in the United Arab Emirates.

He set up the company City Refrigeration in 1985, starting with four employees and a turnover of £100,000 which by the mid-1990s had become £60m.


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