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Legal action over U2 guitarist The Edge's Malibu mansions project

Published 23/01/2016

The Edge playing in Paris last month - the U2 guitarist is at the centre of a row over plans to build five mansions on a Malibu ridge (AP)
The Edge playing in Paris last month - the U2 guitarist is at the centre of a row over plans to build five mansions on a Malibu ridge (AP)

Environment group the Sierra Club is suing the California Coastal Commission in an effort to halt approval of U2 guitarist The Edge's plans to build five mansions on a Malibu ridge.

The Los Angeles Times reports the action filed in Los Angeles Superior Court says the commission did not properly evaluate the project before granting approval last month.

Among other things, the Sierra Club maintains the commission did not consider the impact that putting homes in Malibu's pristine Sweetwater Mesa area would have on air quality and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Edge has been attempting to get the project approved since 2011. The plans the commission approved last month were a scaled-down version of his original proposal.

Commission spokeswoman Noaki Schwartz said her agency had not yet reviewed the lawsuit and could not comment.

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