London: U2 guitarist the Edge has been stopped from building five eco-friendly mansions overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Malibu by the California Coastal Commission.
The officials rejected the plan as they said that the development would be a visual blight and could damage vegetation.
The Edge, also known as David Evans, bought 156 acres on a ridge top in 2005 and has since been fighting to win approval for a project called ‘Leaves in the Wind’.
He and his partners have argued it would be one of the most eco-friendly developments in the world with solar energy panels, a rainwater harvesting system, on-site electric vehicle charging and earth-toned buildings.
However, environmentalists had opposed the development, saying that it would spoil views of the ridgeline for over a mile along the coast.
But a spokeswoman for The Edge said that the guitarist and his associates were considering a possible legal challenge and other options to revive the project.
“The property owners worked diligently to develop home designs that would meet some of the highest standards for sustainability, blend seamlessly with the natural landscape and preserve the vast majority of their private lands as open space,” the Telegraph quoted her as saying.