Woman fuming after coming home to 20ft concrete wall ‘monstrosity’ behind garden

A woman has been left outraged after she came home surprised to find a 20-foot concrete wall built on the edge of her garden.

The “eyesore” structure came as a “complete surprise” to Sharon Everill, from Knutton, who said she knew the long-awaited Wilmot Drive development in Lower Milehouse would come up to the northern edge of her property but didn’t know the wall would also be built.

She worries that it could drive down the value of her home of more than 30 years, StokeonTrentLive reports.

The developers have offered to pay a “contribution” towards the cost of trees to hide the wall and argue that notices were put up informing them of the structure being built, but Mrs Everill said that wasn’t good enough.

She said: "We knew there was going to be a house 30 feet back from the edge of our property, but it was never mentioned that there would be a 20-foot high concrete retaining all. We just came back home one day and there it was.

"They need the retaining wall because they're going to backfill on the land behind it, so it won't appear that high from the other side. That means that monstrosity is going to be there forever now.

"We've spoken to the builders about the fact that we were never notified about this, and they insist that there were notices put up. But they say that they understand why we're so upset about this.

"We've asked Tilia Homes or Kier Living or whatever they're called. They suggest that we plant conifers in front of the retaining wall to mask it. They even said they'd give us £200 to pay for the trees. But we don't want £200. We don't want £2,000. We just don't want this eyesore here."

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More than 270 homes will be built on The Paddocks estate.

Tilia Homes, formerly known as Kier Living, secured planning permission for the housing development in 2018.

The land off Wilmot Drive has been earmarked for new homes since 188 properties were demolished under the Renew North Staffordshire housing market renewal pathfinder more than a decade ago.

Mrs Everill says the land behind her home has always been green space and was not part of the previous Wilmot Drive estate.

The Paddocks will consist of 75 two-bedroom, 136 three-bedroom, and 65 four-bedroom houses, all for sale on the open market.

A spokesperson for Tilia Homes said: "The retaining wall along the rear of Weston Close has been built in accordance with the planning permission granted by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council in 2018, and to an approved design. The details of this were publicly available at the time.

"We have been in contact with the resident in recent weeks and have offered a contribution towards tree planting to help conceal the wall from her garden. We are more than happy to discuss this further and reach a solution that is suitable for both parties."

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