In his bid to expand Diddly Squat Farm, Jeremy Clarkson has hit a snag.
At Diddly Squat Farm, Jeremy Clarkson has applied for permission to build a 70-space car park and a 60-seater café.
Planners, on the other hand, are likely to reject his proposal.
Locals were outraged by the plans, and over 50 people signed a petition opposing them, mostly due to concerns about increased traffic in the village.
Councillors are now being urged to use their veto power to halt work on the Chadlington site.
The former Top Gear host could face a double blow after receiving a notice alleging that the farm shop violated original planning conditions by selling out-of-town souvenirs.
The “siting, design, scale, and nature of the use” of Clarkson’s new scheme were all criticized by West Oxfordshire District Council officials.
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“The development would be visually intrusive and detrimental to the open rural character, scenic beauty, and tranquility of the area,” they said.
Clarkson’s architects altered their designs in response to earlier concerns, hoping to win over locals who were irritated by traffic.
A one-way system for a new 70-vehicle car park, a bike parking space, and a separate driveway would be included in the new proposals.
Planners, on the other hand, did not cite traffic issues as a reason for refusing.
They are, however, looking into allegations of violations of conditions for selling souvenirs, which were raised by Maggie Jackman, who stated that there was “a complete lack of trust” in the presenter because his “Diddly Squat souvenirs are unlikely to have been manufactured within a 16-mile radius of the shop.”
The Amazon Prime documentary series Clarkson’s Farm featured Diddly Squat Farm, which has brought a lot of attention to the Cotswolds village.
There were a dozen letters in support of the plans, with many stating that the publicity had been beneficial to the community; the council will vote on Monday.