Diddly Squat suffers a setback for Jeremy Clarkson after the council decides against building the restaurant.
At Diddly Squat, JEREMY CLARKSON is facing another setback because the council does not believe his restaurant “should be built.”
Jeremy Clarkson, 61, revealed plans to convert the farm shop into a kitchen and restaurant serving meals at a community meeting in September.
These plans, however, have recently been thwarted because Oxfordshire council planning officers believe the proposed restaurant should not be built.
They’re suffocating under the weight of visitors.
Clarkson’s Farm, an Amazon Studios series about Diddly Squat Farm in Chadlington, has turned the area into a massive new tourist destination.
The restaurant would be inappropriate for the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), according to council planning officers.
As previously stated, Jeremy called a meeting with local residents at Chadlington’s Memorial Hall in September after there was “gossip” in the village about the farm shop’s future.
He announced plans to convert the structure into a kitchen and restaurant, with meals costing £60 for two people.
However, according to council documents, the building has since been used as a cafe and bar area without obtaining planning permission.
Visitors have “swarmed” the village since Jeremy’s new TV show became popular, but Jeremy claims it has resulted in increased trade for businesses.
“There is more traffic, yes, but there is more business – the village shop is doing better, the village cafe is doing better, the village pub is doing better – they are all doing better,” the former Top Gear presenter told Jeremy Vine on his show.
“They’re swarming with people, but they’re swarming with people who want to spend money.”
If allowed, the restaurant would open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The council received 53 objections and 12 letters of support in total.
The parish council held a public meeting in November to decide on its position on the “divisive and contentious” application, but the vote was inconclusive.
Any new restaurant would be a “major incursion” into the AONB, according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England West Oxfordshire, and would “spoil the rural nature of the Upper Evenlode Valley.”
On Monday, a West Oxfordshire District Council planning sub-committee will make a decision.
According to the authority, Jeremy’s farm was “recently” served with a planning contravention notice.
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They are swamped with people.