Ed Sheeran told to remove pub sign at his estate

Ed Sheeran could be forced to take down a large pub sign at his Suffolk home in a row over planning permission.

The singer, 28, is said to have failed to get consent before making additions to his £1.5million mansion.

A statement from East Suffolk Council states that they have asked for the star to remove a large sign he put up outside the converted barn he has had turned into private pub, named The Lancaster Lock after his wife, Cherry Lancaster Seaborne.

The statement reads: "We have... requested that all unauthorised signage be removed from the Grade II-listed barn."

A source close to the case told The Mirror: "It's devastating that the sign has to be taken down because it meant something very important to him."

Furthermore, the council document goes on to tell Sheeran to either apply for official planning permission or remove a caravan-sauna that has appeared on on his estate. It reads: "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."

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Sheeran's neighbours previously complained about a wildlife pond which they feared was being used as a swimming pool with the addition of steps, handrail and jetty.

A nearby resident, 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'!"

However, an investigation by Suffolk Coastal District Council found "no evidence that it is not a wildlife pond".

The singer applied to Suffolk Coastal District Council to build a pond on his Suffolk estate in 2016 followed by a separate application for a jetty and two sets of steps which would "form interest to the pond" and enable access "in the event of maintenance and emergency".

Sheeran told council bosses it would "support nature conservation... providing a natural habitat for breeding and wetland invertebrates such as dragonflies and water beetles, as well as providing a source of drinking water to birds and mammals."

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