Pools, ponds and 40ft aquariums: planning disputes of the stars

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Ed Sheeran’s home improvement ideas have run aground. So how does his tale fit in with the four great categories of celebrity planning permission stories?

To Suffolk, where it seems that Ed Sheeran has been running up against objections to his various home improvements. Things the singer has been allowed to build in the vicinity of his house include a four-room treehouse, an indoor swimming pool, an orangery and a wildlife pond. He has also won planning permission for a football pitch, a private beach and an underground “man cave” – I use the Times’s vocabulary here – which will include a music room and cinema.

But what of things that Sheeran hasn’t been allowed to build? They include a 24-seat chapel. Furthermore, he has now been asked to remove a 5-metre-long sign attached to the outside of his in-garden pub, on the basis that the barn which houses it is a listed building.

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