Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat restaurant suffers setback as council says it shouldn’t be allowed

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Jeremy Clarkson has spoken out on food security (PA Video/PA) (PA Wire)
Jeremy Clarkson has spoken out on food security (PA Video/PA) (PA Wire)

Jeremy Clarkson’s planned new restaurant in the Cotswolds should not be built, planning officers have said.

The Grand Tour star’s Diddly Squat Farm, in Chadlington, Oxfordshire features in his hit Amazon Prime series Clarkson’s Farm.

But officers say converting a lambing shed into a restaurant would be out of keeping with the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

In September, Clarkson, 61, called a meeting with local people at the Memorial Hall in Chadlington after there was “gossip” in the village over the Diddly Squat farm shop’s future.

He announced plans to turn the building into a kitchen and restaurant serving meals for £60 for two.

He admitted since his new TV series became popular, visitors had “swamped” the village but said it led to increased trade for businesses.

Council documents state the building has since been used, without planning permission, as a cafe and a bar area.

If permitted, the restaurant would serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week, between 8am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm.

Jeremy Clarkson with fans at the Memorial Hall in Chadlington, where he held a meeting with local residents over concerns about his Oxfordshire farm shop (PA Video) (PA Wire)
Jeremy Clarkson with fans at the Memorial Hall in Chadlington, where he held a meeting with local residents over concerns about his Oxfordshire farm shop (PA Video) (PA Wire)

A total of 53 objections have been received by the council, with another 12 letters of support.

Chadlington Parish Council said it held a public meeting in November to decide its view on the “divisive and contentious” application but a vote was inconclusive.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England West Oxfordshire said any new restaurant would be a “major incursion” into the AONB and would “spoil the rural nature of the Upper Evenlode Valley”.

A West Oxfordshire District Council planning sub-committee will decide the application on Monday.

The authority said it recently served Clarkson’s farm with a planning contravention notice after allegations that products sold in its shop were not grown, reared or produced on the farm, or from other local producers.

If proved, that would be in contravention of a condition agreed when that was given planning permission in November 2019, the council said.

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