The brochure described it as a gently-sloping back garden.

But when Alan and Jackie Carter prepared to move into their newly-completed four-bedroom Bellway house, they were horrified to discover what could only be described as a cliff towering above it.

Astonishingly, builder Bellway Homes had constructed both their and their neighbours’ back gardens on two levels – with one part 30ft or more above the other.

It is just about possible to scramble to the top using both hands, but to all intents and purposes around two-thirds of the land is useless.

Now the builder has been fined £6,000 after admitting the gardens are completely different from what the buyers had been led to expect.

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