The cafe and restaurant at Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat Farm has been ordered to close over an alleged violation of planning laws.
Located on the former top gear star’s rural estate in Chadlington, West Oxfordshire, the farm was the focus of the hit Prime Video series Clarkson’s farm.
After two rejected applications, a restaurant opened on the site in July.
West Oxfordshire County Council (WODC) served a notice to the farm in August asking it to take a series of measures within six weeks.
These included the removal of tables used for dining, portable toilets, and landscaping materials. It was also ordered to stop selling any product not made on the farm or within a 16-mile radius (without council approval).
Council claimed the farm was being used “unlawfully” and claimed its “nature” and “size” were “inconsistent” with the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
In a statement, the WODC (per BBC News): “Council officials have worked with the company’s owner and planning agents for many months to investigate violations of planning control, provide advice on how to lawfully operate the business and attempt to find a solution.
“The company continues to operate outside of the building permits it has been granted and advice has been ignored. The activity also had a significant impact on the local community.”
However, representatives working for the farm have denied that it violated planning laws.
These agents appealed for the “excessive” requirements and also said the council had not given them enough time to implement the changes, suggesting six months was a reasonable timeframe.
They also said (according to the BBC) that a map issued by the council contained errors.
The farm’s appeal will be heard in the coming weeks.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/jeremy-clarkson-farm-diddly-squat-b2196857.html Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘illegal’ farm restaurant has been shut down over alleged planning permission violations