Queen drummer Roger Taylor is fighting to keep a statue of late frontman Freddie Mercury outside his home after local officials ruled the imposing figure breaks planning laws.

The percussionist erected the statue in the garden of his house in Surrey, England after it was removed from outside London's Dominion Theatre when Queen musical We Will Rock You closed last year (14).

He has now applied for permission to keep the monument after local officials objected due to strict rules governing historic houses in conservation areas.

Taylor's neighbours have until next month (Mar15) to voice their opposition before a ruling is made, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.