MILLIONAIRE transport tycoons have sealed permission to build two homes on land at the centre of an Inverkip murder.

Minaz Rajabali, 57, and business partner Harinder Singh Kohli, 51, who run haulage and recycling firm Slam Transport in Coventry, bought isolated cottage Seacroft for £120,000 in 2017 and have permission to demolish it.

Now a planning application submitted to Inverclyde Council from Mr Kohli, to build two ‘architecturally designed’ houses on the site at the centre of the murder of vulnerable Inverkip teenager Margaret Fleming, has been approved.

Background papers submitted as part of the application say: “It is essential here to emphasise the very sad recent history of this site.

“It has been/is at the forefront of a murder inquiry and trial and as such has left this beautiful area of land with a melancholy that really needs to be lifted.

“It is in the interests of the area, and of course the nearby neighbours, to bring new life to this land and erase, where possible, the memory left.

“An exciting new modern development will help achieve this.”

A previous application to build four homes at the site was turned down by the council.

The news comes just after a BBC documentary was aired on the case.

Murder Trial: The Disappearance of Margaret Fleming followed the High Court proceedings which led to killer carers Eddie Cairney and Avril Jones being found guilty and locked up.

Margaret’s disappearance went unnoticed for 17 years before a benefits claim made in her name raised alarm bells.

It was soon discovered she had not been seen since 1999 — and a massive search found no trace of her.

She had been killed between December 1999 and January 2000 by her carers, who then covered up the crime and claimed £182,000 in benefits in her name.

The pair have refused to say what they did with Margaret’s body, despite repeated pleas from the detectives who brought them to justice.