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Ed Sheeran’s plans for burial crypt on Suffolk estate approved

It will be installed under the floor of a boat-shaped chapel

By Hollie Geraghty

Ed Sheeran wears a blue velvet suit and dark blue tie against the BRIT Awards backdrop
Ed Sheeran (Photo: Rolling Stone UK)

Ed Sheeran’s plan for a burial crypt on his Suffolk estate have been approved by council officials.

The singer applied last month to build a 9ft by 6ft chamber underneath a boat-shaped church, where two bodies would fit under a slab in the floor.

The chapel will reportedly featured a spiral-stair tower, a lead roof and stained-glass windows. The 2019 planning application for the chapel said the singer’s home saw people visiting from around the world. “Many of these people are from many countries, faiths and customs, including for example the USA, Ireland, Ghana, Nigeria, Asia and Australia,” it read (via The Guardian).

The estate has sparked various controversies relating to planning permission in recent years. Nicknamed “Sheeranville” by locals, it now features a pub, underground music room and a lake.

In 2018 an application for a Saxon-style chapel was rejected by the Suffolk Coastal District Council on the grounds that the building would “conflict with the prevailing character of the landscape”. It was also suggested the 24-seat chapel would cause light pollution and “create the impression of a second village church”.

Speaking on the The Hits Radio Breakfast Show in July last year, Sheeran addressed the disputes.

“Do you know the craziest [planning dispute] for me, is the lake that I had dug,” he said. “Well, it’s essentially a pond that is grey filled with tadpoles and swamp stuff – it’s not a swimming pool, it’s a lake… they make it look blue online like it does not look like that at all. There’s no filter system, it’s naturally cleaned itself with the plants that are in it. There’s a big thing about like wildlife and newts.”

He added that “fourteen thousand trees” were planted, “which is great for the environment.” He continued: “I just think people just need to mind their own business.”

Elsewhere, Ed Sheeran and Bring Me The Horizon recently announced that they’re officially releasing their version of ‘Bad Habits’.

The pair surprised and delighted fans with their unexpected collaborations at the BRIT Awards last week.

“The song is EDM, and [Bring Me The Horizon] took it and made it a whole new thing. I was just like, ‘You know what, these guitars are going to be great’,” Sheeran said of the process.

On social media Bring Me The Horizon directed fans to a pre-save link ahead of its release tomorrow (Feb 18), and attached a video of frontman Oli Sykes on a FaceTime call with Sheeran.

“That show was nuts,” Sheeran said of their BRITs moment, to which Sykes replied: “I’ve never had so much adrenaline pumping through me.”

“There are so many people asking for like a studio version,” Sykes added, to which Sheeran replied: “We have to get one out.”

The pair have also revealed that they’re in the process of writing a new original song together