PLASSEY Street residents have slammed the latest phase of the Penarth Heights development as a “monstrosity” and an invasion of privacy.

Jason and Clarinda Bedgood, who have lived on Plassey Street for 30 years, say that they were unaware of the scale of the development when it went before the planning department and that they didn't realise it would encroach so closely on their garden.

They have described the latest phase of the Penarth Heights development as 'hideous', an 'eyesore', and 'disgraceful'.

Jason, 65, said: "Nobody in their right mind would want to put up with it overlooking their garden.

"I think it's too close to our house, and if we tried to sell it we probably wouldn't be able to.

"If it was lower and further away that would be better."

He added: "I can't see if there's been any thought, care or consideration in any way shape or form to the surrounding area.

"I hope to God it doesn't get an award."

His wife Clarinda, 64, described the development as a “monstrosity” and said: "When you looked at the plans it seemed ok, but the reality doesn't justify it.

"We haven't got any privacy whatsoever now. We don't think it should be there at all."

A spokesman from Crest Nicholson, the developer behind the housing project, said: "Penarth Heights is a flagship development of contemporary new homes for Penarth which has seen the complete regeneration of the former Billy Banks area.

“We have worked closely with the local planning authority to create a development which adds real benefit to the community. Throughout the planning and development process we have communicated with nearby residents and made information available to keep everybody fully informed.”