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Wednesday 23 August 2017

edge told no house on our malibu horizon

U2 guitarist The Edge faces a storm of protest over his proposals to build a five mansion complex on a super luxury location on the Californian coast.

The musician, real name David Evans, has been involved in a battle for the past eight years to try to get permission for the controversial development.

The extensive plans involve building on a 156-acre site - with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean - owned by both himself and his wife, Morleigh Steinberg. The couple bought the land in 2005. It is believed they fell in love with the views while hiking in the area.

The couple, who have two children, already have houses in Ireland, France and New York.

But local environmentalists say the proposed Malibu project would blight the pristine landscape and could damage native vegetation.

The Coastal Commission of California turned down the original application in 2011. It is understood it has now been reactivated and a ruling is expected in January of next year.

The Edge argues that all five of his potential properties would be environmentally friendly. However, local environmentalists have contested his claim the buildings will be in sync with legal guidelines.

They argue surrounding wildlife habitats will be adversely affected if the project goes ahead.

"You have to be respectful of the process. It is important - and the property owners want to do the right thing," said The Edge's spokesperson, Fiona Hutton.

"They want to be able to build their homes in a way that protects the natural resources and the environment."

She said The Edge had agreed to build on a lower piece of land, in order to protect coastline views. He had also "listened carefully" to the concerns of local relatives, she added.

However, Mary Wiesbrock, chairwoman of environmental group ' Save Open Space', said the project will end up "destroying" the area.

"Why mar this view along our Malibu coast when there are many mansions for sale with beach-side access?" she asked.

She said the project is akin to a rich American erecting major structures on some of Ireland's sites of natural beauty, like the Cliffs of Moher.

Katherine Pease, a scientist with local environmental group Heal the Bay, claims that even the revised proposals are unsuitable.

"A development like the most recent proposal would destroy the habitat, there are other places that they could build it."

Malibu, a short drive up the Pacific Coast Highway from Los Angeles, has been a haven for the rich and famous for decades.

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