Jimmy Savile’s £350,000 luxury penthouse flat with beautiful views to be demolished


Workmen were yesterday preparing to remove the rooftop flat from a six-storey building at Rounday Park, Leeds, where the Radio 1 DJ died in 2011. 

Some gutting of the property – which was bought by Savile at the height of his fame in the 1970s – was carried out in 2014. 

But it was not until April this year that a firm called Ennerdale Apartments won planning permission for the redevelopment of the rooftop flat at the six-storey Lakeview Court. 

The flat is perhaps best known for hosting the weekly meetings of Leeds-born Savile”s inner circle, dubbed The Friday Morning Club. 

Once regarded as a luxury residence with some of the finest views in Leeds, its furnishings had grown tatty and outdated by the time of the star”s death. 

It is thought that at least one of his victims was abused there in his 30 years of residence. 

A document submitted as part of the successful planning application to Leeds City Council said the work would see the demolition of the penthouse and “construction of a new [lightweight] steel framed structure”. 

Permission was also granted by the council for changes to other sections of Lakeview Court, including the installation of new external insulation and the demolition of six single storey garages. 

A council report on the application said that, although “the rooftop flat will be enlarged as a result of this proposal”, there would be minimal impact on “visual amenity in general”. 

Savile”s flat was sold to a company called CXI 92 Ltd, owned by the couple who lived in the suite next door, for £250,000 in February 2013. 

Land Registry documents show the property changed hands again in early 2014, this time for £300,000. 

Savile was exposed as a sex offender in 2012 and the following year a joint Scotland Yard and NSPCC report labelled him one of the UK”s most prolific known sexual predators.