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Friday 18 October 2019

Walk on: Edge urged to forget long-running Malibu homes plan as appeal court rules against him

The Edge
The Edge
Laura Lynott

Laura Lynott

U2 guitarist The Edge has been urged to move on from plans to build a €100m luxury homes complex on unspoiled land at a Malibu beauty spot.

The call came from a lawyer representing environmental groups who won a court ruling blocking the star's 'Leaves In The Wind' project.

Dean Walraff called the plan, which has been proposed for 14 years, a "blot" on the exclusive Californian seaside enclave.

And he said the 57-year-old musician, whose real name is David Evans, would be wise to move on following the decision by the Court of Appeal of the State of California.

The court reversed an earlier judgment by the Superior Court of Los Angeles County and nullified the coastal development permits issued by the Coastal Commission in 2015.

Mr Walraff, an attorney who represented environmental group the Sierra Club in court proceedings, told the Irish Independent: "It's a pretty horrible project, five ultra luxurious houses in open space, visible from everywhere. At 10,000 square feet, they are huge.

"It would be a blot in Malibu where we want this area to be parkland.

"I think The Edge and his investment partners should move on."

The 640,000-member Sierra Club successfully argued that the Coastal Commission did not have the authority to approve the project, Mr Walraff said.

Mr Evans is not mentioned in court papers but the "real parties in interest in the proceedings" are stated as Lunch Properties, Morleigh Properties, Mulryan Properties, Ronan Properties, Vera Properties, and Ed West Coast Properties.

Stan Lamport, attorney for the developers, was not available for comment.

The Sierra Group had argued the area concerned had "major wildlife networks" and "popular hiking trails".

Mr Evans paid more than €7m for the land at Sweetwater Mesa overlooking Malibu pier.

He had said he would provide over 140 acres for public use in a bid to satisfy the environmentalists and that he would also donate €1m to construct a hiking trail.

Irish Independent

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