Residents’ fury as 20ft ‘monstrosity’ built outside their homes outside Chase Farm in Gedling

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Residents have reacted with anger after a 20ft-high wall was built outside their homes, as part of the Chase Farm development.

All work on the wall has now been suspended while planning chiefs work out a solution with developers Keepmoat Homes.

Gedling Borough Council confirmed the wall was ‘unauthorised’, and said it will keep residents informed when there are any developments.

Retired civil servant Tony Lakin, 61, lives on High Hazles Close, and his house faces the new wall, which he says was going to be built up to 30ft, with a wooden fence on top.

The wall has been built around the edge of the Chase Farm site, which will have up to 1,000 new homes, in Gedling.

Mr Lakin compared the structure to a "prison wall designed to keep people out".

Speaking to the Post, he said: "We just don’t see why they took it in their head without planning permission to go and do something that ugly.

“We can see that work has stopped, but if we hadn’t raised it, would the council just have let them carry on?

“Their planning officers regularly visit the site. It’s a major development and I would have thought the developers and the council would be keeping in close communication.

“We want answers – why did that wall even go up, what’s going to happen to it, and when are they going to do something about it?”

Tony Lakin pictured beside the large wall in Arnold Lane

Tony Lakin pictured beside the large wall in Arnold Lane

A spokesman for Gedling Borough Council said: “The builders Keepmoat immediately stopped work on the area of the site in question and have been working with Gedling Borough Council to find a solution to the issues we have raised.

“We have been responding to any queries from residents and will notify them when we have more information.”

Mr Lakin added: “This is not about being a nimby. We’ve known about this development for a number of years and we know it has to be developed, we accept it has to be developed.

“We’ve put up with a lot of stuff, the drilling for weeks, I don’t mind that because it’s got to happen.

“But this wall is the kind of thing you’d see on a motorway. I just find it mind-boggling, it's the biggest wall I’ve ever seen, it’s grey, and I have to see it every time I open the door.”

A spokeswoman for the developers said: “Keepmoat Homes has planning permission for a retaining structure along Arnold Lane, but following concerns raised by local residents regarding the height of the wall and the visual impact, we are working closely with Gedling Borough Council to reduce the height of the wall, below what we have permission for, in order to give a more aesthetically pleasing solution which still provides a robust engineering solution.”