Fridge tycoon gets go-ahead for new home after earlier cold shoulder from planners

FRIDGE tycoon Willie Haughey has been given the go-ahead to build a luxury home after his previous plans were rejected by the government.

Ministers threw out his earlier project despite it having been approved by council planning chiefs in 2008.

The mansion would have given the Celtic Football Club fan views of Celtic Park.

The construction was deemed unsuitable for its rural Lanarkshire location.

But now it has now emerged that Mr Haughey - who formerly served as a director at Celtic where he invested 650,000 - has had his new application approved by planning chiefs at South Lanarkshire Council.

Mr Haughey, whose father was a painter and decorator and mother was a factory worker, runs City Refrigeration Holdings, with 10,000 staff and a turnover of over 200 million a year.

He drastically downsized the plans for the new house from 24,000sq ft to 11,000sq ft.

He is currently in Australia and was last nightunavailable for comment.

But speaking previously he told of his hopes for his plans to be given the green light.

He said: "I was very disappointed the previous plans were refused but I am hopeful this time I will be successful.

"I have sought advice over the latest house and would hope it will pass the council planners."

His new plans for the home overlooking the east end of Glasgow at Greenleeshill Farm, between Cambuslang and East Kilbride, were handed in to South Lanarkshire Council last April.