Guitarist pushes US planners to edge
Published 15/08/2011 | 05:00
U2 guitarist The Edge has launched a legal challenge aimed at forcing a US planning authority to grant him permission to build an eco-mansion.
The musician, whose real name is David Evans, has sued the California Coastal Commission after it threw out plans last July to build a house in the Malibu Hills -- described by architects as defying gravity -- because of concerns about its impact on the environment.
Legal papers lodged with the Los Angeles Superior Court claim the commission "denied" Mr Evans the right to use his property, and that it used an "unsubstantiated" legal theory to refuse permission.
The refusal amounted to a breach of his constitutional property rights, it claimed.
The rocker first lodged plans for his luxury home, to be called 'Leaves in the Wind', along with four others, in 2006.