The singer’s dreams of marrying his girlfriend in a purpose-built flint chapel at his Suffolk home were dashed on Friday after planning officials rejected his application.
They ruled against the 24-seater after deciding it would “conflict with the prevailing character of the landscape, would cause light pollution and create the impression of a second village church”.
The singer-songwriter, 27, made the application to Suffolk Coastal District Council in January shortly after proposing to Cherry Seaborn, 26. However the plan soon attracted criticism and concern about the effect on wildlife.
The Suffolk Wildlife Trust said it was concerned that the building could affect a colony of endangered great crested newts believed to be sited on the land. Despite the singer’s pledge to carry out an ecological survey, it emerged yesterday that planning officials had rejected the application outright.
It is not known what plans Sheeran, worth £80million (R1.5billion), will now make for his wedding.