Damon Albarn — who 'lives in a house, a very big house in the country' — installs heat pump without planning permission

A split shot of Blur frontman Damon Albarn singing to the left and an overhead view of his home in Devon
David Albarn installed an air source heat pump at his property which has caused some noise complaints from his local parish (Image credit: Getty/ Google Earth)

Blur frontman Damon Albarn has upset his local parish council by installing what they call “visually and acoustically intrusive” heat pumps without planning permission next to a public footpath.

The 55-year-old superstar installed an air source heat pump during refurbishments at his countryside home near the village of Kellaton in the South Devon Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

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