Ed Sheeran is no slouch in the romance department, and he’s reportedly pulling out all the stops for his upcoming wedding to Cherry Seaborn by building his own wedding chapel on his estate in Suffolk, England.
Unfortunately, the “Shape of You” singer’s plans may now be held up because of newts.
The Evening Standard reports critics of Sheeran’s plans claim would destroy the the habitat of a rare species of great crested newt in the area. The pond where the chapel is to be build is said to be home to the largest population of the creature.
Critics are reportedly demanding that plans for the chapel go through a “full ecological survey” in order to go through the approval process.
According to the Belfast Daily Telegraph, the 27-year-old singer-songwriter submitted a planning application to the Suffolk Coastal District Council for permission to build the chapel for his wedding to Seaborn, 25.
If the council accepts his proposal, the chapel would be “made of flint and built in a Saxon style with a round tower,” according to documents obtained by the newspaper.
The chapel would be able to hold about 24 people, reports the Telegraph, and would have some “overspill space in the gallery.”
Sheeran’s application explains why he needs the chapel, stating that “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.”
A decision on the planning application, reports the newspaper, is expected to be made in April.