Family who won £33m jackpot can finally build mega-mansion after beating locals

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    The couple who received a share of a massive £33 million National Lottery jackpot have been given permission to build a mega-mansion overlooking Edinburgh Castle, despite locals lodged several complaints objecting to the plans.

    Lisa Charters and her partner Craig, both 33, submitted plans to build a massive three-storey mansion estimated to be worth £5 million after her parents shared their lottery winnings with the couple.

    But after more than 60 Edinburgh residents objected to the plans on the City of Edinburgh Council’s website, the project by the couple, originally from Hawick in the south of Scotland, were put on hold.

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    Only 15 comments on the planning documents were in support of the Charters’ plans.

    Despite the objections, the City of Edinburgh Council granted the couple permission to build their dream home after councillors visited the property.

    Local councillor Euan Hyslop told The Daily Record that he understands the concerns of locals, but was in full support of the application.

    “It is modern, uncompromisingly modern, which is a good way of putting it – but I think it is an architecturally really interesting application”, he said.

    Plans for the house that were made public reveal a huge house made of zinc and glass with five glass-fronted bedrooms, a gym and guest bedrooms built into the hill of an Edinburgh suburb.

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    The developers in charge of the project, 05 Design, previously said that “an opportunity to build a significant house is rare.

    “The existing bungalow is in many ways a terrible waste of an extraordinary and unique site and the design of the new house rises to the challenge of this prominent location”, the company added.

    The existing three-bedroom bungalow, which will be knocked down to make space for the proposed mansion, cost the Charters family back £870,000 after they paid a staggering £200,000 over the asking price.

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