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Zeta-Jones loses bid

March 3, 2004

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Hollywood superstar Catherine Zeta-Jones and her parents are building a home on a fancy estate in a fishing village in southern Wales.

But they appear to be losing their battle to force one of their neighbours to stop managing his telecommunications business from the garage of his home.

The Swansea Council planning committee voted today to allow Steve Gwynn to keep doing that for the next two years, despite the STG1 million ($A2.43 million) Zeta-Jones home being built.

Eight letters of objection received by councillors included one from a lawyer representing Zeta-Jones' parents, Dai and Pat, who are believed to be about to move there.

"Our clients purchased the plot and agreed to the construction of a substantial dwelling on the clear understanding that it would be private, prestigious and exclusive, and extremely safe and secure as it was a 'gated' development," their letter said.

"Our clients would also be extremely concerned and alarmed that the privacy and security of the development would be jeopardised by virtue of the visits to site by members of staff, customers and delivery vehicles of Mr Gwynn."

- AP

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