Ed Sheeran Plans To Build Burial Chamber In Grounds Of £3.7m ‘Mini-Village’
Ed Sheeran has put forward plans to build a burial chamber under a boat-shaped church in his £3.7 million ‘mini-village’.
The Shivers singer-songwriter has poured millions of pounds into ‘Sheeranville’, a sprawling estate just outside his hometown of Framlingham in Suffolk. He took his first steps into land development back in 2012, just as he was approaching worldwide fame following his first album.
A decade later, and his farmhouse is kitted out with six bedrooms, a man cave, recording studio, hot tub and a billiards room. It’s also accompanied by four other homes, a pub, treehouse, underground music room, indoor swimming pool, his own wildlife pond and tunnels. He even has his own football pitch to play with friends when they visit.
Sheeranville’s church is currently under construction, with hopes his burial tomb will be approved by the local council. A previous attempt to build a chapel was denied, but revised plans in 2019 were given the go-ahead by council officers and his neighbours.
The church is specifically designed to be non-denominational, supposedly ‘reflective of shapes and forms that are familiar to everyone’, according to the MailOnline.
He also clashed with the council over the church being kept as a private ‘prayer retreat’, with the council arguing it’d have to be open to the public for at least three years before it could be licenced.
‘The applicant’s statement of need describes the use of the ancillary building as a potential venue for marriages, christenings etc. for family and close friends,’ Parish Council Clerk Lydia Kirk said, stressing the requirements as per the Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) Regulations 2005.
‘Which would require the licensed premises to be accessible and available for public use for a period of three years. As such, this proposed use would be out-with the scope of the current application which is for a private use ancillary building only,’ she added.
Donald Insall Associates, Ed Sheeran’s planning agent for the church, countered, ‘It would address an important need for a private place of retreat for contemplation and prayer, for celebration of key life and family milestones, family and social gatherings, marriages, christenings, and so forth.’
‘It would also allow the applicant’s family, friends and colleagues to be able to enjoy these things and join them in their observance… the applicant has guests and visiting colleagues, people from around the world,’ he added. Sheeran has since come to an agreement with the council.
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