Ed Sheeran has reportedly won planning permission to install “anti-homeless” railings outside his London home.
The 27-year old megastar has received authorisation to erect pedestrian gates and cast iron railings outside his converted home in Kensington and Chelsea.
Although Sheeran has previously denied that it is an anti-homeless measure, his planning agent states that the railings will “prevent opportunities for rough sleeping”.
The proposal, which was approved by Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council earlier this month, will also see a key fob system set into a Portland stone plinth outside the four-storey home.
The plan was initially rejected by the council as the four-foot-high railings were deemed to look “too domestic” for the area.
They eventually won approval after they were amended to a design that is more in keeping with the neighbourhood.
“The combination of Portland stone plinth and the railings will help to deter rough sleeping, avoid the collection of rubbish blown on to the concrete surfaced area and provide a desirable level of security without requiring compromises to the internal plan-form of the building”, the initial planning noticed stated in January last year.
Earlier this year, Sheeran hit back at initial reports in The Sun that he was planning to install the railings.
“Your story is bollocks, I have done lots of work in the past for crisis and shelter and would never build railings outside my home for that reason.” Sheeran wrote.
“The reason was to keep the paps that you employ from being on my doorstep. Have a good day”.
He was also recently denied permission to build a “saxon chapel” on his Suffolk estate, ahead of his wedding to fiancee Cherry Seaborn.
The construction of Sheeran’s chapel was vetoed by the local council, who stated that it would create a “jarring anomaly in the landscape”.
“By opting for a clearly Christian style place of worship this application, rather than being sympathetic to landscape character, creates a jarring anomaly in the landscape, in that it would create a second place of worship in the same view as the existing village church,” says the local council’s report.
“This would never be seen in the Suffolk landscape.”