U2 rocker The Edge has won a major victory in his fight to build five mansions on a plot of land in Malibu, California - a local agency has agreed to drop opposition to the plans.
The Irish musician has been battling since 2006 to win approval for a development project which will see him turn the 156-acre Sweetwater Mesa estate into a community of homes. Local residents have opposed the plans because of the environmental impact the development will allegedly have.
Officials at the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy board previously spoke out against the bid, but have now agreed to drop their opposition after reaching a deal with The Edge which will see him and his business partners help the agency conserve land around the site.
A spokesman for The Edge and his partners tells the Los Angeles Times, "The property owners are proud of what they've accomplished with the conservancy, and they look forward to continuing to work with the Malibu community and other stakeholders."
While a statement from the agency reads, "The conservancy entered into this agreement in order to maximise the benefit for the public if the project is approved."