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The Independent

Jeremy Clarkson hit out at council determination over Diddly Squat enlargement

Jeremy Clarkson followers have expressed anger over the native council’s determination to not grant his Diddly Squat farm an extension.

Native residents have penned letters of help to the planning ombudsman of their droves. An investigation performed by The Telegraph discovered that three in 5 of the 65 responses supported Clarkson, with 40% opposed.

West Oxfordshire District Council rejected plans to create 60 new customer parking areas in 2022 for concern of it turning into a “vacationer attraction” with a “dangerous affect” on the locality.

Clarkson’s proposals would see the variety of areas improve from 10 to 70, together with 4 disabled areas and cycle parking. New entry and exit factors would even be constructed, alongside a storage compound.

In December, Clarkson launched an official attraction in opposition to the choice, labelling the on-site parking “important” as he “expects folks to proceed arriving in nice numbers.” Within the letter, he requested: “What’s the purpose of an AONB if folks can’t come and take a look at it?”

Diddly Squat is documented in TV present Clarkson’s Farm, with two extra seasons anticipated to contribute to the rise in footfall.

Native residents beforehand complained of visitors chaos because the sequence first aired, with Chadlington Parish Council recording an estimated 400 automobiles parking on fields across the website on one notably busy day.

Nonetheless, Diddly Squat isn’t proving as unpopular as beforehand thought. John Townsend, a former parish councillor and lifelong resident of the locality, instructed The Telegraph: “My spouse and I absolutely help the attraction and need to query whether or not lots of the objections are primarily based on a private dislike of the proprietor.”

Elsewhere, present Chadlington parish councillor Ann Gate remarked that native residents had been “quietly supportive” and “advert hominem assaults on either side has distorted” the judgments made by planning officers.

Within the preliminary planning utility for further parking in April 2022, 58% of the 73 responses had been in help of the farm.

Opened by Jeremy Clarkson and his companion Lisa Hogan in 2020, Diddly Squat Farm is a self-described “emporium of edible delights.” It’s positioned in Chipping Norton, affectionately referred to as ‘chippy’ by locals, on the sting of the Cotswolds Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence.

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