Pop star Ed Sheeran has been ordered to remove a huge pub sign dedicated to his new wife in the grounds of his £1.5million mansion along with a sauna beside his ‘wildlife pond’.
Planning officers in Suffolk told the 28-year-old musician to take down the ‘unauthorised signage’ from his drinking den, which he named The Lancaster Lock after his wife, Cherry Lancaster Seaborn.
Sheeran, who married his childhood sweetheart just before Christmas last year, has also removed a sauna from beside the pond after council officials told him it needed planning permission.
‘The Lancaster Lock’ sign on the Suffolk estate of Ed Sheeran, which the pop star has been told by council officials to remove
Sheeran applied for planning permission in 2017 to build the pub, which comes with rooms and a passage to the main house
Sheeran hung a huge 16ft (5m) sign on the side of his pub, which he has created from the barn in the grounds of his estate
A Suffolk Coastal District Council spokesman said: ‘During a site visit in March, it was found that a sauna has been constructed near to the pond.
‘We have raised concerns regarding this structure, which requires either planning permission or removal. We have also requested that all unauthorised signage be removed from the Grade II-listed barn.’
Sheeran, who is believed to be worth around £40 million, hung a huge 16ft (5m) sign on the side of his pub, which he has created from the barn in the grounds of his estate.
Sheeran applied for planning permission in 2017 to build the pub, which comes with underground rooms and an underground passage to the main house.
It was given the go-ahead but had to be restored with bricks and tiles which were in-keeping with the original barn and he did not get planning permission for the sign, which will now have to be taken down.
Sheeran with his wife, Cherry Lancaster Seaborn, at an Ipswich match in April 2018 (left) and in concert last September (right)
The 28-year-old pop star removed the sauna (white wooden structure pictured top centre) from the £1.5million mansion
Planning officers were also visiting Sheeran’s property after neighbours feared his new ‘wildlife pond’ could be used as a swimming pool this summer.
Locals raised concerns about his new £500,000 ‘pond’ which features a jetty and two sets of steps and is believed to have been installed by Gartenart, which specialises in wild swimming pools.
Officials said there was ‘no evidence’ the ‘pond’ was being used for swimming but did find a Romany gypsy caravan parked by the water, which had been converted into a sauna.
They told Sheeran the sauna needed planning permission, or to be removed, and the caravan has now gone, with just the concrete base remaining. A council spokesman said they would ‘continue to monitor the situation.’
The 6.3-hectare grounds include informal gardens, an ornamental pond, lawns and fields. Sheeran was granted planning permission to build a wildlife pond in the grounds of his estate last year.
But the jetty and two sets of steps were added last summer and the council undertook an enforcement investigation, which questioned its use for recreational purposes.
Sheeran’s country estate already includes an indoor swimming pool, a four-room treehouse and a trendy ‘pod’
Sheeran was granted planning permission to build a wildlife pond in the grounds of his estate last year
The musician then applied for retrospective planning permission for the ladders and jetty, which was granted provided the pond was not used for swimming, and the enforcement case was closed.
Sheeran had promised council bosses the pond it would ‘support nature conservation… providing a natural habitat for breeding and wetland invertebrates such as dragonflies and water beetles’.
One local resident told The Mail on Sunday last month: ‘It seems Ed is now doing what he wants. He seems to be getting permission for some things but thinking he can get away with other aspects of his renovations.’
Councillors imposed four planning conditions with one stating that the permitted landscape features, buildings and pond should only be used as a wildlife habitat, and for no other uses, including any recreational leisure.
However, Sheeran appealed to the planning inspectorate on March 28 against this condition. His representatives said in a document: ‘The wording of the officer’s report shows clearly why the condition is not necessary.
‘The officer notes that there is no evidence that the pond is to be used for recreational purposes and that it remains as a wildlife pond where the planting and naturalisation is already becoming established.
Sheeran was granted permission in January 2018 for a barn conversion at his Suffolk home to include a ‘man cave’
Plans submitted last year show a music room and a home cinema connected to Sheeran’s main home via a tunnel
‘There is no evidence to suggest that the pond would be used for any other purpose than what it has been constructed for and, therefore, there is no need for a condition seeking to prevent future uses.’
Neighbour Andrew Cattee had claimed that ‘what was initially a wildlife pond has become a recreational swimming pond, now with the addition of steps, handrail and jetty’.
And neighbour Tony Robinson wrote in planning documents: ‘I believe that the development of the site is more about creating an environment for a ‘wild lifestyle’ rather than actual ‘wildlife’!’
Sheeran’s country estate already includes an indoor swimming pool, a four-room treehouse and a trendy ‘pod’. He also last year won permission to build his own football pitch.
But last year, the pop star, whose hits include Dive, was denied planning permission for a 24-seat Saxon-style chapel to be built on the estate, amid concern that it might endanger a colony of great crested newts.