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.