Af­ter chapel plan sinks, Sheeran floats idea of an ark in his back yard

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Daily Tele­graph Re­porter

ED SHEERAN has sub­mit­ted plans to build a pri­vate place of re­treat which “looks like Noah’s Ark” in the grounds of his East Suf­folk es­tate.

The pop star, who earned £65,000 a day last year and is the rich­est solo artist in the world, wants to add a place of wor­ship to his sprawl­ing es­tate in Fram­ling­ham.

The move comes af­ter he failed to get per­mis­sion to build a chapel in the grounds last year and the new build­ing “for con­tem­pla­tion and prayer” is con­sid­er­ably scaled down.

Plans for the build­ing have been sub­mit­ted to East Suf­folk Dis­trict Coun­cil by Sheeran’s fa­ther-in-law, Matthew Se­aborn. It is un­der­stood a de­ci­sion on the plans will be made next month.

It is set to be lo­cated north of Sheeran’s main house, Wyn­neys Hall, and close to the east­ern bound­ary of the es­tate. The pro­posal states it would “ad­dress an im­por­tant need for a pri­vate place of re­treat for con­tem­pla­tion and prayer, for cel­e­bra­tion of key life and fam­ily mile­stones”.

It said Sheeran has guests vis­it­ing from around the world, who have dif­fer­ent faiths and cus­toms and he wants to pro­vide a space in which he, his fam­ily and these vis­i­tors can re­treat to for “con­tem­pla­tion, prayer and re­lax­ation, to meet cel­e­brate and med­i­tate in peace and safety from dis­tur­bance”.

The build­ing is said to have been “care­fully mod­elled with curved walls on plan and in el­e­va­tion, which give it a sweep­ing, boat-shaped feel”.

The roof is leaf shaped and the plans say the de­sign is “re­flec­tive of shapes and forms that are fa­mil­iar to all, al­low­ing each per­son to in­ter­pret its sym­bol­ism freely in their own way, which re­flects the prin­ci­ple of it be­ing multi use and non-de­nom­i­na­tional”.

The plans em­pha­sise that the new build­ing would not cause any neg­a­tive im­pact on the area or neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents and would be de­signed to ac­com­mo­date a small group of fam­ily and friends, com­fort­ably seated.

The build­ing would have a lobby, with a spi­ral stair­case to a small gallery, and a main space for con­tem­pla­tion and ac­tiv­ity to the east.

One neigh­bour, who does not want to be named, said: “I’ve seen the plans and the build­ings look like Noah’s Ark. We keep won­der­ing what he’s go­ing to build next.”

Ed Sheeran, the world’s rich­est solo artist, wants a place for fam­ily and friends to “meet, cel­e­brate and med­i­tate”

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