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Zeta's plan row neighbour sells up

Sep 5 2004

Lydia Whitfield, Wales on Sunday


FOR a measly 2 million, you could find yourself living next door to Hollywood superstar Catherine Zeta-Jones!

The house next to the Oscar winner's new Swansea pad is going up for sale, just months after the owner won a planning row with Cath's parents to run his business from there.

Steve Gwynn, who currently owns one of the three homes in the private estate at Silverhurst, above popular Bracelet Bay, is in talks with Swansea estate agents about how to market the property.

The prestigious five-bedroom mansion, due to be finished in March next year, is likely to go on sale within the next fortnight. It boasts views over Langland and Swansea Bay and is a stone's throw from the popular seaside resort of Mumbles.

Mr Gwynn hit the headlines in March this year when he became embroiled in a planning feud with the Zeta Jones family over the right to run a telecommunications business from his home.

Catherine's family were concerned at the prospect of customers, delivery drivers and staff passing by their new home. Security fears were also raised.

But Swansea City and County Council's planning officials voted in favour of Mr Gwynn.

Catherine's parents recently started moving things from their 425,000 house in Mayals, where The Terminal star grew up. The house contains a life-sized portrait of the actress plus a blown-up photograph of her glitzy New York wedding to Michael Douglas.

And the Hollywood mum-of-two is sure to visit home more often after revealing her heart will always remain in Wales.

"It was my dad who first set me on this road," she said. "Taking me to auditions, honing my act and I always check in with him and my mam, plus I've got my brothers out here working for my production company. I will never forget where I came from. Family to me is everything."

In spite of her rampant patriotism, Catherine left home at 15 to pursue her ambitions. "I'm looking at my children now, going, 'You think I'm letting you go at 15? No way!' she says. "I think my parents knew, coming from Wales, I was really at the end of the road there if I wanted to pursue my career. I was willful, and they had visions of me pointing my finger at them forever more, saying: 'If only you'd let me go, maybe I'd have done this or that.' All credit to them. They have always been totally supportive."


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