Jeremy Clarkson’s plans to grow his Diddly Squat Farm business have been rejected by the council. The Clarkson’s Farm presenter applied for planning permission to turn an unused lambing shed into a restaurant big enough to seat 60 people while also building a new car park for 70 cars on his land in Chadlington.
Despite these plans looking like they’d reduce the parking on the surrounding roads that The Grand Tour presenter’s neighbours had been complaining about, the plans received over 50 objections from locals.
Following this, he attended a meeting in person with the West Oxford District Council to push his case.
He told the councillors the following: “We have been told as farmers to diversify ‑ that is exactly what this proposal is.”
53 objections were made against the plans, with only 12 supporting letters being filed. On top of this, 7 of the 10 councillors refused to give the go-ahead, claiming that the building would be “out of keeping” with the surrounding Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Following this result, Jeremy admitted that this was a “very bad day for farming”, an industry that’s been severely suffering since before the pandemic began.
His neighbour, Hamish Dewar, began a legal battle against the presenter after telling the press he believed the area was being turned into a “Jeremy Clarkson theme park”, and on top of this, several members of the public complained of traffic issues around the area thanks to fans wanting to visit the farm.
If this wasn’t bad enough, he’s also been served with a notice after the council received complaints that he was selling souvenirs that weren’t produced by local businesses – a term outlined by the original planning permission of the store.
We’ll look forward to seeing more of what happened behind the scenes when Clarkson’s Farm Series 2 is released to Amazon Prime Video later this year.