Gogglebox: Celebs react to Jeremy Clarkson’s comments
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The Grand Tour star Jeremy Clarkson, 61, has reportedly left a bad taste in his neighbours’ mouths, with some locals accusing him of exploiting planning laws. Locals have made 10 complaints to the council over Jeremy’s Diddly Squat Farm, which was the focus of his latest Amazon Prime series, Clarkson’s Farm.
It comes after the former Top Gear presenter applied to alter the external doors on his very popular Diddly Squat Farm Shop, which is based in the Cotswolds, in the village of Chadlington.
The shop has been inundated with customers ever since viewers’ interests were piqued by Clarkson’s Farm.
However, this has only served to irritate locals further, as visitors desperate to meet Jeremy have caused traffic on the roads in the surrounding area.
Some of the neighbours have struggled with two-hour traffic jams since the opening of Jeremy’s shop.
Frustrated locals have accused Jeremy of being fame-hungry and using a “step-by-step strategy to exploit planning loopholes” to boost his career.
According to the Mirror, local Dr Nina Morgan described the planning application as “the latest in a series of what is clearly a step-by-step strategy to exploit planning loopholes in order for the applicant to gain publicity for his media career.”
“It should be refused,” she added.
Mrs M J Bell also argued that the proposed new roller doors installation shouldn’t be allowed to go ahead.
She said: “There is ample evidence that the applicant has not adhered to the original conditions under which permission for the shop was given.
“For example, it does not sell local produce produced on the ‘farm’ since the farm (and particularly the so-called ‘farmer’) does not produce any.”
Chadlington parish councillor Hilary Moore claimed the congestion on the roads around Diddly Squat Farm had become “ridiculous”.
Moore went on to suggest that Jeremy should close down his farm shop “immediately”.
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She said: “When an application was submitted you were made well aware of how unsuitable the site was, now our roads are clogged with traffic and the whole area is becoming a danger zone with fast cars showing off their speed on narrow lanes, traffic queuing for a miles or so, blocking roads and compromising access for emergency vehicles.
“The farm shop should be closed down immediately and no more permission granted to further developments.”
Hamish Dewar also disagreed with Clarkson’s plans to change the use of the shop, which previously sold only farm produce but has since expanded amid demand from the presenter’s fans.
He also pointed out that the change could adversely affect local wildlife.
He said: “The change cannot be justified as being advantageous to the building’s potential other uses, when no permission has been granted, or requested, as yet, for change of use.
“This is clearly part of the applicant’s repeated intention to use the buildings as an all day, late night cafe and bar and to wilfully ignore and abuse the planning process.”
A supporting letter for Jeremy’s planning application, written by JPPC chartered town planners, declared they are only applying for permission to appease locals.
It read: “We are aware of the level of public interest in the site and thus have made an application in order that the Council and neighbours are fully appraised of the intended works ahead of their execution.”
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Jeremy for comment.
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