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Saturday, 27 July 2019

Ed Sheeran expands £3.7m 'mini-village' where he entertains stars as he buys FOURTH neighbour's home for £875k after she complained 'enough is enough' about his building work

Locals blast Ed Sheeran's £3.7m 'mini-village' after he buys FOURTH neighbour's home for
The superstar musician's burgeoning domestic empire - which has been dubbed 'Sheeranville' - started in 2012, when he bought a modern farmhouse in the town of Framlingham, in Suffolk, where he grew up. Since then, he has bought four neighbouring homes - the last of which was the £875,000 purchase of the home of his next-door neighbour who had objected to his construction plans. 

Sheeran (bottom right with Nicole Sherzinger and fan Hannah Peck at his local pub) purchased the home of Sharon Jest for in April after she complained about his plans to build a tree house and 32ft chapel. Ms Jest had insisted 'enough is enough' after he submitted the plans for the chapel and he has also built a pub and a swimming pool, which neighbours also complained about. Complaints started when Sheeran (top right at local pub The Station Hotel in 2013 with singer Taylor Swift, left, and a fan) objected to plans from two locals to build two homes in a paddock near the star's estate in 2017. 


One of the applicants - neighbour Tony Robinson - and seven other locals then objected to Sheeran's application last year to build the Anglo Saxon-style chapel, where he wanted to marry his childhood sweetheart Cherry. Mr Robinson complained that building work might disturb great crested newts, a protected species. And Ms Jest wrote in her objection there had been and 'continues to be significant development of this site'. She added that while neighbours had previously been 'accepting', the chapel application meant that 'enough was enough'. Complaints from neighbours have also included objections to his 2017 proposal to build a 'wildlife pond'. Neighbours Kenny and Carol Cattee mentioned they heard 'loud music being played' and suspected it was actually for swimming.

But since Sheeran objected to plans by neighbours to build two homes in a paddock close to 'Sheeranville' in 2017, there have been a series of objections from neighbours against the star's own plans.
A planning consultant had written to Suffolk Coastal District Council on the star's behalf arguing that the paddock home proposal would 'extend the village in an unplanned and superficial way into the countryside'. 
But neighbour Tony Robinson - one of the applicants in the 2017 proposal - and seven other locals objected to Sheeran's plans to build the Anglo Saxon-style chapel, where he wanted to marry his childhood sweetheart Cherry. 
He has also built a pub, a swimming pool and a two-storey treehouse and last year, the former owner of his latest home - Sharon Jest - had insisted 'enough was enough' when he applied to build a 32ft chapel in the 16-acre grounds
He has also built a pub, a swimming pool and a two-storey treehouse and last year, the former owner of his latest home - Sharon Jest - had insisted 'enough was enough' when he applied to build a 32ft chapel in the 16-acre grounds
In June, the musician won a battle to keep a 16ft plaque he had put up without planning permission on a barn he had converted into a pub. He was initially ordered to take the sign down outside the drinking den which he had named The Lancaster Lock
In June, the musician won a battle to keep a 16ft plaque he had put up without planning permission on a barn he had converted into a pub. He was initially ordered to take the sign down outside the drinking den which he had named The Lancaster Lock
Ed Sheeran has faced a flurry of objections against his numerous plans for 'Sheeranville', his expanding £3.7million estate of five homes in the Suffolk town he grew up in
Ed Sheeran has faced a flurry of objections against his numerous plans for 'Sheeranville', his expanding £3.7million estate of five homes in the Suffolk town he grew up in
The Shape Of You singer had argued the chapel was necessary because some of his guests had 'high profiles' and so there was a need for 'discretion' which his local church could not provide. 
Mr Robinson complained that building work might disturb great crested newts, a protected species.
He wrote in a complaint to the council that Sheeran wanted to 'satisfy the needs of the spiritual world' while overlooking his 'obligations to the living world, particularly that of protected species'. 
Ms Jest, who lived next door to Sheeran, wrote in her objection there had been and 'continues to be significant development of this site'. 
She added that while neighbours had previously been 'accepting', the chapel application meant that 'enough was enough'. 
The objections lead to the chapel plans being ditched, and Sheeran ended up marrying Cherry at his local church.
Sheeran with his wife Cherry

The star's main home - a farmhouse with surrounding lane - was purchased for £895,000 in June 2012.
The same year, he bought a 16th-Century Grade II listed house next door for £450,000. 
In September 2016, he then bought the four-bedroom detached home in front of his farmhouse for £925,000. 
His fourth purchase came in October 2017 with the purchase of the bungalow on the other side of his driveway for £525,000. 
Ms Jest had complained to the local council in 2013 that Sheeran's plans for a tree house would 'rise above the existing hedge and look directly into our property'. 
He initially withdrew the plans but then re-submitted them a year later and they were passed. 
In October 2018, the council allowed him to keep the additions to his pond, and last weekend it was revealed he had put up a wall of hay bales around the pond
In October 2018, the council allowed him to keep the additions to his pond, and last weekend it was revealed he had put up a wall of hay bales around the pond
The star then had permission granted in 2017 to build a wildlife pond. 
But he then installed a jetty and steps and neighours suspected it was more for the star's use than for newts and frogs. 
He was then forced to keep the 'landscape features' of the jetty and steps and some neighbours objected. 
Mr Robinson again complained, saying the pond was more for a 'wild lifestyle' than actual 'wild life'.  
Neighbours Kenny and Carol Cattee also complained, mentioning 'loud music being played' near the pond and suspecting the pond was actually for swimming. 
In October 2018, the council allowed him to keep the additions to his pond, and last weekend it was revealed he had put up a wall of hay bales around the pond.

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