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BY RICHARD AUTY

14:00 - 14 February 2004

Hollywood star Catherine Zeta Jones is caught up in a security storm over her exclusive million pound pad in Mumbles. The man building it wants to set up a business just yards from her front door.

Catherine and husband Michael Douglas say they don't want him to, and the family has lodged an objection with council bosses in Swansea.

Her parents are moving into the house on the exclusive three-home Silverhurst development off Plunch Lane later this year. Houses on the site are reckoned to be worth between £1 and £2.5 million.

But it has emerged the family is furious at plans by the site's developer Steve Gwynn, who wants permission to permanently house his own business there, which until now has been there on just a temporary basis. He has already been awarded a business support grant by the city council to help him grow.

Mr Gwynn is going to move into the biggest of the three houses on the site.

It also has an outbuilding called The Barn from which he has been running Carreras Communications for the past 17 months.

He wants to make that arrangement permanent.

Now a huge row has blown up because Catherine and her family say it could affect their safety and they don't want business traffic driving in and out. Carreras Communications insists celebrity-spotting groups arriving by the bus load and paparazzi helicopters buzzing low overhead would cause far more disruption than a handful of business deliveries each week.

Now, councillors are being asked to decide.

Planning officers say several of the concerns raised by the Jones's solicitors and residents are not valid reasons for turning the plans down.

However, the department is still recommending refusal, based on the potential impact of the business on a residential area once construction work has been completed.

In a letter to the council's planning department, Swansea solicitor James Tonner Jones said Mr and

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