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Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran plans to build private wedding chapel on Framlingham estate

PUBLISHED: 10:03 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:06 01 March 2018

The world famous singer-songwriter was brought up in Framlingham, and has maintained connections there since his youth. Picture: YUI MOK/PA WIRE

The world famous singer-songwriter was brought up in Framlingham, and has maintained connections there since his youth. Picture: YUI MOK/PA WIRE

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Suffolk star Ed Sheeran has put in an application to build a chapel on his Framlingham estate, where it is assumed he plans to host an ultra-private wedding.

Suffolk star Ed Sheeran has put in an application to build a chapel on his Framlingham estate, where it is assumed he plans to host an ultra-private wedding.

Rumours have been circulating about where the world famous singer-songwriter might choose to tie the knot since he announced his engagement to long-term girlfriend Cherry Seaborn in January.

Now Ed has put in an application to Suffolk Coastal District Council for a Saxon-style chapel made of flint, which would hold a congregation of around two dozen.

However Ed will need to obtain a wedding licence if he planned to marry there.

The application states that the chapel would be solely for the use of the estate’s owners/occupiers, and would not be available for hire for public weddings.

It continues that, while being clearly designed as a chapel, the building would be strictly non-denominational – and orientated to the cardinal points of the compass in the traditional manner.

While Ed only became engaged in January, it appears plans were being made for the chapel’s construction up to three years ago.

The application states: “The land was formerly in cultivation, but three years ago, in anticipation of the proposal, it was planted with whips to generate a mixed deciduous wood of predominantly native species.

“A clearing was left for the chapel site. To the south a second clearing was left and a natural pool was planned which is under construction at present.”

The application justifies the need for the chapel as: “It is every person’s right to be able to have a place of retreat for contemplation and prayer, for religious observance, celebration of key life and family milestones, marriages, christenings and so forth.

“The applicant has as his guests and visiting colleagues [...] people from around the world. Many of these people also have high profiles and an associated need for discretion, which would not be met by the local Parish Church and the public’s attention may indeed cause disruption to the church. Furthermore, they are from many countries, faiths and customs, including for example in the past year the USA, Ireland, Ghana, Nigeria, Asia, [and] Australia.”

A decision on the planning application is expected in April.

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