Jeremy Clarksons controversial restaurant set for approval despite backlash
Jeremy Clarkson’s controversial plan for a 60-seat farm restaurant is set to be approved despite fury from locals.
The gobby ex-Top Gear host, 61, has sparked rage among Oxfordshire residents due to the traffic jams caused by fans flocking to his Diddly Squat pile.
They protested his plan to turn a lambing shed on the 1,000-acre pile into a restaurant with a 70-space car park and an overflow on a field would make their lives even more miserable.
But the presenter looks to be on the verge of winning permission after the council and police backed down about planning objections.
After Clarkson tinkered with the layout of the proposal, Oxfordshire County Council said it now has no objections and believes the restaurant won’t have any significant impact on traffic.
Thames Valley Police added it was "pleased to see that improvements have been made to the design in terms of access, cycle parking and bin stores."
But locals are still furious.
One resident, Carole Shadbolt, ranted: "The entrance has become a local black spot.
"The car park becomes a quagmire in rain, which understandably visitors do not want to walk over. They decide instead to park on the verge.
"You then get cars on either side of the road, excited visitors not paying attention, not realising it’s an ordinary road, running across, giving the finger to locals, many of whom object, and causing a type of simmering road rage between both."
It isn't the only row Jeremy has had with the public, as back in September 2021 he was left furious at visitors to his Diddly Squat Farm Shop who would "urinate" on the driveway.
The TV star called a meeting with locals last year at Chadlington Memorial Hall, Oxfordshire to discuss complaints on both sides.
He dubbed the "enormous crowds" at his property a "nuisance" as he lashed out: "They like to come in and wee on my drive.
"I am just as keen as all of you to try and manage the situation."
Jeremy told reporters outside the village hall: "I’m just here to listen. Gossip spreads in villages and they don’t know what we’re doing so I thought, the best thing I can do is come down and say, ‘This is what we’re doing,’ and then it isn’t gossip any more.
"Someone gave me the finger on the way in," he confessed.
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