And finally… Locals force Tilda Swinton back to drawing board

Actress Tilda Swinton has withdrawn plans for renovations at her 113-year-old Highland home after objections from neighbours.

The Oscar award-winning actress submitted plans to Highland Council for an extension to her £650,000 coastal Nairn property earlier this year.

The Hollywood star wants to build a new kitchen, dining area and dog room at the rear of the B-listed property. However, the proposed renovation was described as “brutal” and “brash” by opponents after plans were submitted. They said the new extension would spoil the character of the 113-year-old building with one resident claiming it could even effect the value of homes in the area.

John Brown told Highland Council the design would “demean” the look and called alterations “totally unsuitable”.

Ian Maxwell added: “This would be visually very strong and quite brutal.” He said work materials may “look brash”.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland have also raised concerns about the scheme.

Miss Swinton has withdrawn her original application and is considering submitting revised proposals. She said she was now having “productive” discussions with neighbours before pressing ahead with her house plans.

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