Wednesday 21 November 2018

The Edge faces fresh storm over plans for Malibu mansions

One of the houses proposed by Edge in Malibu
One of the houses proposed by Edge in Malibu
The Edge of U2

Mark O'Regan

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 and get planning 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 53-year-old and the American Steinberg 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. They want to be able to build their homes in a way that protects the natural resources and the environment," said The Edge's spokesperson, Fiona Hutton.

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.

Irish Independent

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