THE builders of a planned new housing estate close to Catherine Zeta-Jones's £2m family mansion have defended it after opponents branded it "Noddyland".
The proposed 42-home estate at Plunch Lane, Mumbles, by Taylor Woodrow provoked a storm of protest.
Objections rolled in from the Gower Society and Mumbles Community Council.
However, Swansea councillors granted approval of the scheme this week.
Residents who looked at plans submitted by Taylor Woodrow's building arm, Bryant Homes, dubbed the estate "Noddyland".
They pointed to garish colours planned for the houses and claimed the homes were "boxy".
The planned new estate at Plunch Lane is close to the complex where Catherine Zeta-Jones's parents Pat and Dai Jones now live.
Existing residents claim the new estate will be a blot on the landscape in an area which overlooks Bracelet Bay, Caswell and Mumbles.
The Gower Society said in a statement, "The quality of design put forward by the developers is most disappointing.
"This is a prime site and we recognise it will be built upon. However it deserves buildings of the highest standard of design and build.
But a spokeswoman for Bryant Homes said yesterday the "Noddyland" nickname had arisen as a result of a misunderstanding.
She said, "There will be a mix of facings and colours but they will not be as bright as they were on the plans."