A MUM-OF-TWO has won a battle to keep her 10-foot high ‘Riviera-style’ white wall around her detached home in Newport.
Carly Munro, 37, built the wall after council workers cut down the towering trees in her garden after saying they were overgrown.
The mum was arranging to have her trees cut back when council workers chopped them down.
She then decided to build the bright white wall around her suburban home in South Wales so her 10-year-old twin daughters could play safely in the front garden.
She also said she spoke to her neighbours before going ahead with the plans.
The mum said: “It was unsafe how they left it. It was dreadful. It wasn’t safe for my children.
“I went to speak to my neighbours and none of them had a problem with the wall. They have all been really supportive.”
Newport City Council’s planning committee refused to grant permission for the “incongruous” wall by five votes to four over concerns for road safety.
Carly was ordered for the wall to be lowered or for wooden fencing to be included before she appealed it.
Councillor Miqdad Al-Nuaimi said the wall looked “incongruous.”
After it was rejected, one neighbour said: “We do feel a bit sorry for her – the wall must have cost fortune.
“But it would look more at home on the Riviera not Newport.”
The mum appealed the decision and ultimately won when the council ruled it did not pose a threat to road safety.
In the appeal, Carly said: “The wall is very neat, clean and tidy, gives my family privacy and safe for my young children to play in the garden with no obstruction to anyone.”
Richard Duggan, a planning inspector, said the wall is now part of the “street scene.”
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He said: “Whilst the white walls and pillars of the unauthorised development appear new and stand out in the street I anticipate that the fresh appearance will subdue in time.”
He added that vehicle speeds on the road are “relatively low” and visibility may be “slightly impeded” but it does not pose a threat.
Carly said she was “happy and relieved” at the decision.
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