Woman furious after she comes home to find ‘eyesore’ 20ft wall towering over garden

A woman has voiced her fury after coming home to discover builders had put a massive 20-foot high concrete wall on the edge of her garden.

Sharon Everill was shocked to discover the ‘eyesore’ structure towering over her property – saying it was a “complete surprise”.

She said she knew the development in Knutton, Staffordshire, would come up to the northern edge of her home, but had no idea how tall the wall would be.

She now fears it could devalue her house, where she has lived for 30 years.

The developers told StokeOnTrent Live they have offered a “contribution” toward the cost of trees to hide the wall, 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.”

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.”