Ed Sheeran wins planning battle to keep pub sign on his property

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
Singer Ed Sheeran poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere for 'Yesterday' in London, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Ed Sheeran has won his fight to keep a pub sign dedicated to his wife which he put up on his Suffolk estate without permission.

The Castle On The Hill singer had been ordered to take down the signs on the Grade II-listed barn next to his mansion which read “The Lancaster Rock” in tribute to his wife Cherry Lancaster Seaborn.

East Suffolk Council have now backtracked on their original decision, saying the signage "is not illuminated and it would not impact on the amenity of the neighbouring properties".

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A council spokesperson told Sky News: "The Listed Building Consent to retain both the fascia sign and hanging sign was permitted through the Councils Scheme of Delegation on the 17 June.

"No objections were received and it was decided that the signs would not cause harm to the character and appearance of the curtilage listed building nor the setting of the adjacent listed building.

"Neither are the signs considered to harm the amenity of the neighbouring properties."

Ed Sheeran originally put up the pub signs without permission from the council (Credit: East Suffolk Council)

Sheeran, 28, had previously been ordered to remove the 4 metre long plaque and a swinging pub-style sign on the barn - which serves as his own private watering hole - in April this year, when it was deemed “unauthorised signage”.

He was also told to remove or seek planning for a sauna constructed from a caravan that was located next to his pond.

The Perfect singer has a running history with the planning department at East Suffolk Council regarding developments to his sprawling estate.

In June last year he was refused planning permission for a proposed chapel in his grounds, which it was believed he had hoped to hold his wedding in.

Sheeran stated: "It is every person's right to be able to have a place of retreat for contemplation and prayer, for religious observance, celebration of key life and family milestones, marriages, christenings and so forth."

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As part of the planning process for the chapel experts were called in to establish whether there were great crested newts in an existing pond located close to where the chapel would have been built. Great crested newts are a protected species in Britain.

But the plan was ultimately rejected on the grounds that the structure would cause "unsatisfactory visual impacts" and create "the impression of a second village church".

And there were also objections from nearby residents to his larger kidney-shaped pond created on the estate, which neighbours claimed was actually a swimming-pool and raised fears it would be used for a "wild lifestyle."

The pond was given the all clear in March this year.