Ed Sheeran builds a five-a-side football pitch at the bottom of the garden on his sprawling estate – after promising to switch off floodlights after midnight
- East Suffolk Council granted planning permission for the pitch in April
- Planners say pitch must not be illuminated between midnight and 7am
- Singer, worth £160 million, is enjoying ‘extended break’ after 893 days touring
Ed Sheeran has made another addition to his expanding estate, a five-a-side football pitch, situated one field along from his not-a-swimming-pool ‘wildlife’ pond.
Dubbed ‘Sheeranville’ the 16-acre Suffolk pad has been growing month by month with the star snapping up five properties in the area for a total of £37 million.
Now as the singer, 28, settles down for an ‘extended break’ from music to spend time with his wife 27-year-old Cherry Seaborn, a 110ft pitch has sprung up, complete with goals and markings.
Additions made to the 16-acre Framlingham Suffolk estate by Ed Sheeran, with the recent addition of a five-a-side football pitch (bottom left)
Ed Sheeran, 28 and wife Cherry Seaborn, 27, watch an Ipswich Town football match while wearing the kit
On condition that the pitch must not be illuminated between midnight and 7am the football mad Ipswich Town fan’s request was granted planning permission in April.
The football pitch is set back with trees shielding it from view, but other additions made to the rural landscape by the singer have attracted unwanted attention from disgruntled locals.
The star lodged proposals to build a 6.5ft high fence and gates last month. The fence will completely surround his recent property purchase as part of his wider plan to shield off his estate from prying eyes, locals claim
‘The fencing is high enough to shield what is going on from the public eye and it ensures that Ed can have the privacy he needs,’ a neighbour of the star said (property where 6.5ft fencing is being proposed)
In March neighbours argued that Sheeran had misled planners after the £500,000 pond he built to ‘support nature conservation’ was reportedly being used as a swimming pool, with a jetty and ‘changing room’.
Soon after he submitted plans to build an ‘unsightly’ 6.5ft fence around the property to shield from prying eyes last month, upsetting neighbours once more.
Despite facing criticism from East Suffolk Council planning the star has pushed several elaborate additions through planning permission with designer Sue Townsend.
The property also has a tunnel to linking his main home, Wynneys Hall, to a barn that was converted into the Lancaster Lock pub – named after his wife Cherry Lancaster Seaborn (Pictured: Ed with wife Cherry Seaborn)
Photos showed bales of hay used as a shield to stop neighbours seeing the wildlife pond on his estate they fear he is using as a swimming pool, in July
Since buying his first farmhouse in 2012, near Framlingham in Suffolk, for £895,000, and the four surrounding properties subsequently, the star has lodged plans to build a 32ft chapel (refused), a private pub with a tunnel connecting (accepted), nature pool (accepted), underground music room and a 26ft tree house.
Ed has performed more than 250 shows during his two-year Divide tour, spending 893 days away from his home-town, but says he is now home to stay for ‘a couple years’.
Pictured: Ed Sheeran arriving for the premier of Yesterday at Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square