Ed Sheeran’s plans to build a private chapel on his estate have been put on hold so that a search for great crested newts can take place.
The 27-year-old singer, who lives near Framlingham, submitted an application to Suffolk Coastal District Council but a number of objections were lodged, as The Sun reported.
The application states that the chapel is needed because “it is every person’s right to be able to have a place of retreat for contemplation and prayer, for religious observance, celebration of key life and family milestones, marriages, christenings and so forth”.
According to the trust, ponds on Sheeran’s estate “could be breeding sites for this species.” The great crested newt is Britain’s largest newt species and it can be found across Europe and some parts of Asia. However, their number has fallen in Europe over the last few years because of loss of habitat and the amphibian is now legally protected. Under law, it is an offence to intentionally kill or injure a great crested newt, or disturb or obstruct access to their habitat.
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