London: Jeremy Clarkson, the British tv presenter whose documentary about farming in the course of the pandemic turned a worldwide smash-hit, has been ordered to close his farm’s cafe and restaurant after a council claimed his enterprise had breached planning legal guidelines.
The previous Prime Gear presenter is interesting in opposition to an enforcement discover for his 400 hectare property within the Cotswolds village of Chadlington, close to Chipping Norton after West Oxfordshire District Council took motion in August. Clarkson named the farm “Diddly Squat” after the quantity of revenue it had generated.
In its discover over the “materials change of use”, the council stated the parking, bogs, and site visitors had been “visually intrusive and dangerous to the agricultural character, scenic magnificence and tranquillity” of the Cotswold AONB (space of excellent pure magnificence).
“The illegal use of Diddly Squat Farm by purpose of its nature, scale and siting is unsustainable and incompatible with its open countryside location,” the discover stated.
Clarkson was instructed to close the restaurant, or something promoting meals to be consumed on the farm, and likewise ordered to take away eating tables, chairs, backyard umbrellas and picnic tables.
The 62-year-old presenter turned an unlikely champion of British farming after an extended profession spent dismissing points akin to local weather change, which poses a significant risk to the UK’s agricultural sector.
His Amazon Prime sequence, Clarkson’s Farm, relies on the premise that farming wasn’t exhausting, and he had determined to tackle the operating of the 400 ha farm he purchased in 2008. It was beforehand run by a villager till his retirement in 2019. The farm itself, which grows a combination of wheat, canola, barley with sheep, made simply £140 ($243) in 2020.
He opened Diddly Squat Farm’s restaurant in July to rave opinions, with clients braving three-hour strains to pattern its meals. Clarkson was jubilant when he stated he discovered a “pleasant little loophole” permitting him to open regardless of twice being denied planning permission, albeit on a special web site to the unique one.