Jeremy Clarkson REJECTED building permit for his Diddly Squat farm

TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson furiously called today a “very bad day for agriculture” after councilors canceled his controversial offer to expand his favorite farm, Diddly Squat.

Amazon Prime Minister, 61, said he was “very” frustrated after local officials rejected his attempt to build a new restaurant and car park for 70 seats at the site of his 1,000-acre farm near the quiet village of Chadlington in Oxfordshire.

Mr Clarkson personally attended a meeting of the West Oxfordshire District Council’s Planning Subcommittee today as part of a final attempt to enforce his plans.

However, his passionate pleas fell empty, with seven out of ten councilors voting against the measures.

The former Top Gear moderator faced considerable opposition from local residents due to his plans, with the council raising more than 50 objections over fears of increased traffic in the village following the success of his successful Clarkson’s Farm series.

Since the premiere of the Amazon show last summer, hundreds of Clarkson fans across Britain have caused traffic chaos by standing in line for hours to get to the star’s favorite farm shop.

Locals are divided over the growth of tourism, some say it has put the village of Oxfordshire on the map and boosted the local economy. Others fear that expanding the farm could change the community for the worse.

TV host Jeremy Clarkson's controversial effort to expand his favorite farm, Diddly Squat, failed after councilors rejected his request.

TV host Jeremy Clarkson’s controversial effort to expand his favorite farm, Diddly Squat, failed after councilors rejected his request.

Pictured: Landscape design for Diddly Squat Farm, including a car park for 70 vehicles

Pictured: Landscape design for Diddly Squat Farm, including a car park for 70 vehicles

In the picture: A plan for planting a café that will sit right behind his current farm shop on the spot

In the picture: A plan for planting a café that will sit right behind his current farm shop on the spot

One neighbor even filed a legal objection to the restaurant’s plans, claiming the area was in danger of becoming “Jeremy Clarkson’s theme park.”

At today’s meeting, Mr Clarkson insisted that he was simply trying to “diversify” his business, and warned that farmers would not be able to take proper care of the natural environment because of their finances.

“Farmers take care of forests, take care of hedges, streams and fields, keep them beautiful,” he said.

The former Top Gear presenter faced considerable opposition from locals due to his plans, with more than 50 objections registered with the council over fears of increased traffic in the village following the success of his successful Clarkson's Farm series.

The former Top Gear presenter faced considerable opposition from locals due to his plans, with more than 50 objections registered with the council over fears of increased traffic in the village following the success of his successful Clarkson’s Farm series.

Since the premiere of Amazon Prime last summer, hundreds of Clarkson fans from across the UK have been queuing for hours at the star's favorite farm.

Since the premiere of Amazon Prime last summer, hundreds of Clarkson fans from across the UK have been queuing for hours at the star’s favorite farm.

“Farmers will not be able to do this much longer due to the financial situation of the farmers. As farmers, we have been told to diversify – that is exactly the proposal. “

Although councilors at the meeting were divided over Mr Clarkson’s proposals, local officials agreed to refuse permission.

They argued that the cafe did not “catch up” with the Cotswolds region with its exceptional natural beauty.

Mr Clarkson personally attended a meeting of the West Oxfordshire District Council's Planning Subcommittee today in a final attempt to push through his plans.

Mr Clarkson personally attended a meeting of the West Oxfordshire District Council’s Planning Subcommittee today in a final attempt to push through his plans.

His pleas fell, with seven out of ten councilors voting against the measures

His pleas fell, with seven out of ten councilors voting against the measures

Locals are divided over the growth of tourism, some say it has put the village of Oxfordshire on the map and boosted the local economy.

Locals are divided over the growth of tourism, some say it has put the village of Oxfordshire on the map and boosted the local economy.

Council Planning Officer Joan Desmond said: “Due to location, design, scale and location, the proposed development would not be sustainable and would not be compatible or in scale consistent with the existing farm or its location in the open countryside.

“Due to its design, scale, location and nature of use within the Cotswolds area with exceptional natural beauty, the proposed development would have a visually disturbing and detrimental impact on the rural character, scenic beauty and tranquility of the area.”

Councilor Dean Temple, who represents Chadlington, said at the meeting: “I suggest with a heavy heart that we reject this proposal.”

And Councilor Elizabeth Poskitt added, “There are a lot of less disturbing places where you can have a restaurant.”

The TV presenter hoped that after the purchase of a new flock of sheep, she would rebuild the lamb shed in 2020 to expand her business on the farm. It has now been merged with a flock of another local farmer.

The documents state that the building has since been used as a café and bar without a building permit.

Chadlington Parish Council said it had held a public meeting in November to decide its views on the “divisive and controversial” request, but the vote was inconclusive.

The West Oxfordshire Rural Campaign of England said any new restaurant would be a “big foray” into the AONB and “would ruin the rural Upper Evenlode Valley.”

Mr Clarkson’s deputies have already been forced to change traffic plans for the scheme with a new one-way system and overflow car park to try to calm the growing number of opponents.

He was also notified after complaints that the farm shop had violated the original planning conditions by selling souvenirs outside the city.

The council filed a notice of violation amid allegations that products sold at its store were not grown, bred, or produced on a farm or from other local producers.

If this proved to be the case, it would be in conflict with the condition of the building permit from November 2019, the council pointed out.

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