A HUGE wall has sparked a row at Longwood.
Although planning permission was refused, house builders Britannia Developments continued to put up the 20-foot high, 4ft thick stone structure.
The so-called gabion wall features huge lumps of stone encased in steel mesh boxes.
That method of reinforced construction is similar to one developed for use in fortifications in the Middle Ages.
Neighbour Elaine Spencer, 48, whose ground-floor property in Prospect Road is now completely overshadowed, is outraged.
"They still kept building even though they didn't have any planning permission."
Despite objections from Elaine, her husband Stephen, 47, and neighbours, the relentless building work continued.
"In January and February this wall was going up and up.
"It's horrendous. I think it's just absolutely horrendous.
"A nice proper wall we don't object to but that is far too high. It's just frightening."
She said there was no indication on the plans such a monstrosity was going to be erected.
A Kirklees Council spokesman confirmed: "It is there without planning permission". He added: "It was refused on September 6 because of the size, materials and appearance."
He said officers would be in discussion with Britannia.
"There was an approved plan for the estate but it didn't have a retaining wall to such a degree."
Britannia declined to comment.