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Happier, Ed? Sheeran’s celebrity home buying spree in Suffolk

The star has been keeping agents busy in his home town recently as he's hoovered up half a dozen properties in the area.

Sheila Manchester

It’s every every estate agent’s dream – someone who buys multiple properties in one location. And such a windfall has been enjoyed by agents in Framlingham, Suffolk, the home town of singer songwriter Ed Sheeran, who has been hoovering up properties in the area.

Land Registry records show that Ed bought his detached farmhouse and surrounding land — for £895,000 in June 2012 and a 16th century Grade II listed timber-framed house next door for £450,000.

Ed bought the four-bedroom detached house in front of his farmhouse for £925,000 in September 2016.

Property number four joined the estate in October 2017 a bungalow on the other side of his driveway that he bought for £525,000.

His latest purchase is just next door; a snip at £875,000 for his next-door neighbour’s house. Sharon Jest, had often objected to his ongoing construction work and last year, she had insisted, “enough was enough” when he applied to build a 32ft chapel in the 16-acre grounds so that he could marry his girlfriend Cherry.

Framlingham has 3,342 homes – average house price £400,000. Ed, reputedly worth £160 million, clearly loves the Suffolk village and, according to The Sun, despite his own building craze, he objected to plans by neighbours to build two new homes in a paddock close to his estate.

Planning point

A planning consultant wrote to Suffolk Coastal District Council on Ed’s behalf complaining the proposal would “arguably extend the village in an unplanned and superficial way into the countryside”.

Objections to his plans include complaints from neighbour Tony Robinson — one of the applicants to build the homes that Ed objected to in 2017.

In March 2018, Tony complained to the council: “It would appear that the applicant in his desire to satisfy the needs of the spiritual world continues to overlook his obligations to the living world, particularly that of protected species.”

Ed’s plans for the chapel of his dreams were, perhaps understandably, thrown out and Ed ended up marrying Cherry at a local church.

August 13, 2019

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