Guitarist wants to build five 'environmentally sustainable' homes on Pacific coast

U2‘s The Edge has failed in a bid to build several mansions overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu.

The guitarist – real name David Evans – has been battling to win approval from Californian officials since buying the 156-acre plot of land in 2005.

He has claimed that the mansions would be environmentally sustainable, and would include features such as solar panels, on-site electrical vehicle charging facilities and a rainwater catchment system.

However, the Californian Coastal Commission voted 8-4 to block the project at a meeting on Thursday (June 16), citing concerns from environmentalists that the mansions would blight the coastline.

A spokeswoman for The Edge told Reuters that he is considering a lawsuit to get the project going again.

“We’d like to be treated fairly, like any other applicant that comes before the Coastal Commission,” she said.

U2 are due to headline Glastonbury on Friday (June 24), with Coldplay (25) and Beyonce (26) topping the bill on the Pyramid Stage on the following nights.