Following more than 40 complaints about the potential impact on traffic, Jeremy Clarkson had to modify his plans to expand Diddly Squat Farm.
The former Top Gear host, 61, had submitted a planning application to open a 70-space car park and a 60-seater café at his farm in Chadlington, Oxfordshire.
Clarkson’s Farm on Amazon Prime is so popular that there are long lines at the Diddly Squat Farm Shop. Neighbors became concerned when hundreds of Clarkson’s Farm fans began queuing up outside of his estate.
Now residents have stepped up the fight to block the TV presenter’s planning application with a total of 40 formal objections lodged on West Oxfordshire District Council’s website and just six letters in support.
After being confronted with over 40 objections regarding increased traffic fears, Jeremy Clarkson had to modify his plans for Diddly Squat Farm’s expansion.
The former Top Gear host (pictured), 61, had submitted a planning application to open a 70-space car park and a 60-seater café at his farm in Chadlington, Oxfordshire
Courtingtons architects, who were in charge of the project’s design, released revised designs to try and get support.
The new proposals will see the creation of a one way system in and out of the proposed 70-space car park, which is backed by an additional ‘overflow’ car park field.
To appease the local residents who have become frustrated by traffic congestion in their village, there will be a new driveway that leads to it, as well as a bicycle parking area.
It comes after consultee ERS Pollution said the land is a former quarry which might be ‘contaminated’.
According to the proposal, it claimed that the site had been used previously as a quarry. Therefore, there may be ‘filled soil’. Before building can begin, further investigation is required.
One local, Michael Cooper, wrote: ‘The Diddly Squat Farm shop has attracted an increase of clientele to the location the vast majority of which are more interested in purchasing goods and merchandise promoting the Diddly Squat ‘brand’ as opposed to ‘Bona Fide’ farming or agriculture produce.
Jeremy Clarkson (pictured), 61, had submitted a planning application to open a 70-space car park at a 60-seater café at his farm in in Chadlington, Oxfordshire
Clarkson’s plan to grow his farm, (pictured), was put on hold after he received a reply stating that it is an old quarry site which could be contaminated.
“This conclusion is evident in Diddly Squat Farm Trip Advisor Reviews from purchasers.
“There are clear signs that the site was visited outside of business hours.”
Susan Myatt expressed concern that expansion could make it worse, even with more parking.
She said: ‘The site is unsuitable for a café plus the farm shop where there is only a few parking spaces available but there are often any number between 100 and 300 cars parked in an arable field, bringing red mud on to the road.’
Mark Cheyne was another neighbor who built his mansion near Diddlysquat after notoriously blowing up an old farm cottage. He said that the extraordinary amount of people drawn by the celebrity status is completely out of line with the custom of a small farm shop, which only has permission to sell local produce.
“Approval for this application will only increase the negative effects already experienced by the landscape, as a result of approvals of prior applications.
Clarkson’s Farm on Amazon Prime was so well-received that queues formed for Diddly Squat Farm Shop. This has caused concern among neighbours about increased traffic.
The papers also revealed that Clarkson had received 28 objections from local villagers. Pictured: Visitors waited for approximately four hours before they could visit Diddlysquat Farm Shop, July 2007.
“A restaurant will invariably result in increased cars and service vehicles. More noise and light pollution and traffic hazards will be created. This will place a strain upon council finances.
Chadlington Parish Council responded also to the appeal to raise a few complaints.
One spokesperson stated that the application was extremely divisive in Chadlington.
“There are many who feel strongly about the proposal and want to protest it. But, others support this application.
Tim Catling from Banbury, whose mother has resided in Banbury all of her life, is among those supporting the project.
He wrote: ‘I believe that lots of local businesses will benefit from the increased interest in the area due to Jeremy Clarkson’s input.
“We welcome visitors to our pub and campsite so that they may spend the day in Chadlington or Soho Farmhouse.
‘I’m sure adults and teenagers will be employed in the restaurant and the building is far enough away from any residence so is unlikely to be a nuisance.’
West Oxfordshire District Council will make a final decision on the application at a later date.