Sky Sports pundit and ex-footballer Gary Neville has finally abandoned plans for a controversial multi-million pound "Teletubbies" home. 

The ex-Manchester United defender has officially waved bye-bye to the proposed £8 million eco-mansion and is now looking to sell the plot of land. 

Neville revealed blueprints in 2010 for the futuristic underground home, which was likened to the home of cuddly TV favourites Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po. 

HeraldScotland: Artist impression of the Gary Neville Teletubbie House.

Comparisons with the BBC programme were based on the building's unusual semi-submerged design, intended to minimise its impact on the moorland landscape. 

Neville and his wife Emma Hadfield spent three years drafting designs for the property nestled in the heart of the Lancashire countryside despite a backlash from locals. 

Those plans - which initially included a controversial large wind turbine - were subject to a lengthy council planning battle which he eventually won. 

But, estate agent Pearson Ferrier has been instructed to oversee the sale of the 8,000 sq ft pocket of land in Harwood, Greater Mancs., which has a list price of £650,000. 

The plot is being advertised with pictures of later designs approved in 2012, which are a substantially altered version of the first 'Teletubbies' plans. 

Ex Manchester United player Neville is understood to have carried out enough work on the site that its planning permission is still intact.

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It means a new buyer could continue with the development as planned. 

The Ramsbottom-based estate agents describes the site, off Slack Lane, as a 'substantial development opportunity'. 


The advertisement reads: "The Hollins off Slack Lane, Harwood is a substantial development opportunity to create a distinct family home, nestling in a sought after rural setting enjoying privacy and seclusion. 

"The residence will be a significant undertaking harnessing the latest concepts in architectural and environmental design. 

"Extending to 8000 sq ft with accommodation set over two floors, the house will be set in large gardens and grounds extending to around five acres. 

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"The property is close to sought after village settings of Harwood, Edgworth and Bromley Cross. 

"Bolton, Bury and Manchester are within easy reach and the train station at Bromley Cross is a short drive away." 

Neville, a known environmentalist, wanted to build the carbon-neutral house next to his current 12-bedroom home, a former farmstead on the moors between Bolton and Bury, Lancs. 

Although the site sits on the greenbelt, Bolton Council's planning committee gave it the green light in March 2011.