- Ed Sheeran has won planning permission to construct gates and iron railings outside his house in London.
- His planner said the new installations would “help to deter rough sleeping” and “provide the applicant with a desirable level of security.”
- Sheeran previously said that he used to sleep on the London Tube and outside Buckingham Palace.
- The pop star previously denied reports that he was building “anti-homeless” railings, claiming instead that they would be used to keep out paparazzi.
Ed Sheeran, who used to sleep on trains or outside of Buckingham Palace overnight, has won permission to construct “anti-homeless” railings outside his London home.
The singer has been given the right to install pedestrian gates and cast iron railings outside his £8 million ($AU14 million) house in the ritzy borough of Kensington and Chelsea, The Telegraph reported.
The 27-year-old has also been given permission to install a key fob in a stone plinth outside the four-storey house.
His planner said in the initial applications last January that the new installations “will help to deter rough sleeping, avoid the collection of rubbish blown onto the concrete surfaced area and provide the applicant with a desirable level of security without requiring compromises to the internal plan-form of the building.”
Sheeran previously denied reports that his proposed installations were to keep out homeless people, arguing instead that they were to keep out paparazzi.
He said in an Instagram post last April, addressed to a reporter at The Sun: “Your story is b******s, I have done lots of work in the past for crisis and shelter and would never build railings outside my home for that reason. The reason was to keep the paps that you employ from being on my doorstep.”
Sheeran said he had previously spent nights sleeping outdoors between gigs, and that he had slept outside Buckingham Palace “just for fun.”
He wrote in his 2014 book, “A Visual Journey“:
“I spent about a week catching up on sleep on the Circle Line trains: I’d go out and play a gig, wait till five o’clock in the morning when the underground opened, sleep on the Circle LIne until twelve, go to a session — and then repeat.
“It wasn’t that bad. It’s not like I was sleeping rough on the cold streets. I’d be out in a pub until late anyway. Then I’d get on the train, find a seat the end of a row and rest my head against the divider until midday, when it was time to go off to a writing session. …
“I never really slept rough. There’s an arch outside Buckingham Palace that has a heating duct and I spent a couple of nights there, but that was more just for fun.”
Sheeran previously also submitted plans to build a 32-foot-tall chapel on his property in Suffolk, where he hoped to marry his fiancée Cherry Seaborn.
However, those plans were rejected on the grounds that the proposed chapel would be too big in relation to its surrounding buildings, have an visual impact on the surrounding landscape, and cause light pollution, the MailOnline reported.
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