NME Festival blog: Ed Sheeran’s chapel plans rejected by local council


They don’t want two churches in the village

Ed Sheeran’s plans to build a ‘Saxon chapel’ in his estate have been blocked by local residents, who don’t want there to be two churches in the village.

Back in March it was revealed that after popping the question to his long-time girlfriend, Sheeran was planning to build a chapel on his East Anglia estate. As the Belfast Telegraph reported, Sheeran proposed to his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn in January,submitte d a planning application for a chapel to Suffolk Coastal District Council.

Now, it’s been revealed that the construction of Sheeran’s chapel has been blocked by the local council, who stated that it would create a “jarring anomaly in the landscape”.

“By opting for a clearly Christian style place of worship this application, rather than being sympathetic to landscape character, creates a jarring anomaly in the landscape, in that it would create a second place of worship in the same view as the existing village church,” says the local council’s report.“This would never be seen in the Suffolk landscape.”

The report also said there were “too many contradictions” in Sheeran’s application, with the planned ‘fake ruines’ appearing “as a conceit and detract from the authenticity of the building”, while the design “cannot quite decide if it is a whimsical folly or a serious facsimile”.

 

The planned build was previously put on hold so that a search could be conducted to establish whether the chapel’s construction could harm the local wildlife – namely, the great crested newt.

According to the Suffolk Wildlife trust, ponds on Sheeran’s estate “could be breeding sites for this species.” The great crested newt is Britain’s largest newt species and is found across Europe and some parts of Asia. However, because of loss of habitat, their number has fallen in Europe over the last few years and the amphibian is now legally protected. Under law, it is an offence to intentionally kill or injure a great crested newt, or disturb or obstruct access to their habitat.



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