Framlingham’s Ed Sheeran wins appeal to build cart lodge at luxury farmhouse

Ed Sheeran. Photo: SWNS
Ed Sheeran. Photo: SWNS

Framlingham’s singer and songwriting superstar Ed Sheeran has won his battle with a local council to build a lodge at his luxury farmhouse.

The 25-year-old appealed to the Planning Inspectorate after Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC) rejected his proposal.

His plans to build a “1.5 storey cart lodge with ancillary car parking” at the £450,000 16th Century Grade II listed building in Dennington were submitted earlier last year.

The proposed development would be located near a “modern farmhouse style building” and include one enclosed garage and three cart lodges. It would be more than five metres tall with a ground floor storage room, toilet and first floor store.

In documents submitted on behalf of Sheeran to the Planning Inspectorate, it was argued an original cart lodge on the site had previously been demolished.

SCDC’s case officer Anita Kittle said in a report the cart lodge “would be an incongruous feature in the countryside.”

But Amanda Bliq, planning inspector, said: “It cannot be seen except by individuals in neighbouring gardens or at distance from the adjoining agricultural land.

“As such I disagree with the council that the cart lodge would cause harm to the character and appearance.”

A spokesperson for SCDC said: “Whilst the Planning Inspectorate recognised that the cartlodge was sited in the countryside, they did not support the council’s view that this would result in harm to the character and appearance of the countryside in this instance.”

The application was supported by the local parish council in Dennington and received no objections from neighbours.