U2 star The Edge's plans to build a luxury retreat high above Malibu, California have suffered another setback after officials at the California Coastal Commission postponed consideration of his controversial compound following a deluge of complaints from locals.

National Park Service officials, local politicians and environmental groups have inundated the Ccc panel in recent days, urging them to shut down the rocker's development plans, claiming the project would cause irreparable harm to the coastline and destroy habitat, while also posing an extreme fire danger.

But The Edge, real name Dave Evans, is taking the setback in his stride - a spokeswoman calls it "a procedural hiccup".

She tells the Los Angeles Times, "We’ll be back in January," and insists that The Edge plans to work with the Ccc officials to ensure compliance.

The rocker has been fighting to secure permission to build five houses and an access road on Sweetwater Mesa in the Santa Monica Mountains since 2006.