U2 Guitarist The Edge Gets State Approval For Controversial Malibu Homes

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

U2’s The Edge wins approval for controversial multi-million euro Malibu mansions.

The move comes despite opposition from environmentalists who fear the €8.85m project will endanger crucial wildlife corridors for such animals as mountain lions and bobcats, officials said. The Edge, whose real name is David Evans, and his team bought the property in 2005 and since then he has pursued regulatory approval from the California Coastal Commission to be able to eventually build on the site and live there.

The unanimous vote by the Coastal Commission at a meeting in Monterey, in central California, to approve the 5.2-acre (2.1-hectare) project in the exclusive beach community just outside Los Angeles marked a reversal from its 2011 decision to reject the project. A statement from The Edge’s project team said the latest design takes up 43 percent less space than the one rejected in 2011 and would be built on a lower plateau, instead of high on the ridgeline. Staff members on the commission had suggested the proposed configuration for the project that was approved on Thursday, said Noaki Schwartz, a spokeswoman for the commission. But despite those changes, environmental groups and lawmakers such as state Senator Fran Pavley, a Democrat who often speaks in favor of green measures, opposed the development, saying it would infringe on wildlife. The Edge and his development team have dedicated 140 acres (57 hectares) of their land in Malibu as open space with public hiking and equestrian access, officials said

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