Jeremy Clarkson's Diddly Squat Farm staff are busy at work ahead of Clarkson's Farm series two

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All hands were on deck at Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat Farm in the Cotswolds on Friday as the TV personality gears up to front another series of the Amazon Prime comedy docuseries, Clarkson’s Farm.

The 61-year-old will front a second installment on the streaming platform soon, after he lost a planning permission appeal to build a café and a 70-space car park despite personally pleading his case at a council meeting.

Members of staff certainly appeared to be busy at work as they operated tractors and set up camcorders on tripods, before loading barrels onto trolleys and ensuring the site was in shape for production crews.

Exciting: All hands were on deck at Jeremy Clarkson's Diddly Squat Farm in the Cotswolds on Friday as the TV personality gears up to front another series of the Amazon Prime comedy docuseries, Clarkson's Farm

Exciting: All hands were on deck at Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat Farm in the Cotswolds on Friday as the TV personality gears up to front another series of the Amazon Prime comedy docuseries, Clarkson’s Farm

He bought the plot of land in 2008 and the show follows his highs and lows of tackling the 1,000 acre working farm.

Last month, the star claimed he had witnessed a ‘very bad day for farming’ after his controversial bid to expand his popular Diddly Squat farm was quashed by councillors.

He said he was ‘very’ frustrated after local officials refused his attempt to build a new restaurant and 70-space car park on the site of his 1,000-acre farm near the quiet village of Chadlington, Oxfordshire.

Jeremy personally attended a meeting of West Oxfordshire District Council’s planning sub-committee today in a last-ditch attempt to push his plans through.

Main man: The 61-year-old will front a second installment on the streaming platform soon, after he lost a planning permission appeal to build a café and a 70-space car park despite personally pleading his case at a council meeting

Main man: The 61-year-old will front a second installment on the streaming platform soon, after he lost a planning permission appeal to build a café and a 70-space car park despite personally pleading his case at a council meeting

Getting stuck in: Members of staff certainly appeared to be busy at work as they operated tractors

Getting stuck in: Members of staff certainly appeared to be busy at work as they operated tractors

Tragic: Last month, the star claimed he had witnessed a'very bad day for farming' after his controversial bid to expand his popular Diddly Squat farm was quashed by councillors

Tragic: Last month, the star claimed he had witnessed a ‘very bad day for farming’ after his controversial bid to expand his popular Diddly Squat farm was quashed by councillors

Oh dear: He said he was'very' frustrated after local officials refused his attempt to build a new restaurant and 70-space car park on the site of his 1,000-acre farm near the quiet village of Chadlington, Oxfordshire

Oh dear: He said he was ‘very’ frustrated after local officials refused his attempt to build a new restaurant and 70-space car park on the site of his 1,000-acre farm near the quiet village of Chadlington, Oxfordshire

Passionate: Jeremy personally attended a meeting of West Oxfordshire District Council's planning sub-committee today in a last-ditch attempt to push his plans through

Passionate: Jeremy personally attended a meeting of West Oxfordshire District Council’s planning sub-committee today in a last-ditch attempt to push his plans through

However, his passionate pleas fell on deaf ears, with seven out of ten councillors voting against the measures.

The ex-Top Gear host has faced a considerable backlash among locals over his plans, with more than 50 objections registered with the council over fears of increased traffic in the village following the success of his hit series Clarkson’s Farm.

Since the Amazon show’s debut last summer, hundreds of Clarkson fans from across Britain have caused traffic chaos by queueing for hours at a time to get inside the star’s beloved farm shop.

Locals are split about the surge in tourism, with some saying it has put the Oxfordshire village on the map and boosted the local economy. Others are concerned that the farm’s expansion could transform the community for the worse.

Pictured: One member of the farm staff was seen working up a sweat

Heavy? He loaded a collection of barrels onto a trolley

Pictured: One member of the farm staff was seen working up a sweat as he loaded a collection of barrels onto a trolley

Hilarious: One sign for his lager read:'Available here & only here (apart from Jeff's website). Hawkstone. East to make, easy to drink'

Hilarious: One sign for his lager read: ‘Available here & only here (apart from Jeff’s website). Hawkstone. East to make, easy to drink’

Annoying: However, Jeremy's passionate pleas fell on deaf ears, with seven out of ten councillors voting against the measures

Annoying: However, Jeremy’s passionate pleas fell on deaf ears, with seven out of ten councillors voting against the measures

Unpopular: The ex-Top Gear host has faced a considerable backlash among locals over his plans, with more than 50 objections registered with the council over fears of increased traffic in the village following the success of his hit series Clarkson's Farm

Unpopular: The ex-Top Gear host has faced a considerable backlash among locals over his plans, with more than 50 objections registered with the council over fears of increased traffic in the village following the success of his hit series Clarkson’s Farm

What's going on? One man set up camcorders on tripods

Precision: He ensured the site was in shape for production crews

What’s going on? One man set up camcorders on tripods, and ensured the site was in shape for production crews

One neighbour even brought a legal challenge against the restaurant plans, alleging that the area was in danger of becoming a ‘Jeremy Clarkson theme park’.

At the meeting, Jeremy insisted that he is simply trying to ‘diversify’ his business and warned that farmers will be unable to properly look after the natural environment because of their finances.

‘Farmers look after the woodland, they look after the hedges, the streams and the fields, they keep it beautiful,’ he said.

‘Farmers are not going to be able to do that for much longer because of the farmers’s state of finances. We have been told as farmers to diversify — that is exactly what this proposal is.’

Though councillors at the meeting were split over Jeremy’s proposals, local officials agreed to refuse permission.

Adoring: Since the Amazon show's debut last summer, hundreds of Clarkson fans from across Britain have caused traffic chaos by queueing for hours at a time to get inside the star's beloved farm shop

Adoring: Since the Amazon show’s debut last summer, hundreds of Clarkson fans from across Britain have caused traffic chaos by queueing for hours at a time to get inside the star’s beloved farm shop

Wow! Jeremy could be seen leaning against a tractor in one unmissable giant-sized book titled,'Diddly Squat: A Year on the Farm'

Wow! Jeremy could be seen leaning against a tractor in one unmissable giant-sized book titled, ‘Diddly Squat: A Year on the Farm’

Controversial: Locals are split about the surge in tourism, with some saying it has put the Oxfordshire village on the map and boosted the local economy

Controversial: Locals are split about the surge in tourism, with some saying it has put the Oxfordshire village on the map and boosted the local economy

They argued that the cafe would be ‘out of keeping’ with the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Council planning officer Joan Desmond said: ‘By reason of its siting, design, scale and location, the proposed development would not be sustainable and would not be compatible or consistent in scale with the existing farming business or its open countryside location.

‘By reason of its design, scale, siting and nature of the use within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the proposed development would have a visually intrusive and harmful impact on the rural character, scenic beauty and tranquillity of the area.’

Councillor Dean Temple, who represents Chadlington, told the meeting: ‘With a heavy heart, I propose we reject this proposal.’

Protecting their community: Others are concerned that the farm's expansion could transform the community for the worse

Protecting their community: Others are concerned that the farm’s expansion could transform the community for the worse

Angry: One neighbour even brought a legal challenge against the restaurant plans, alleging that the area was in danger of becoming a'Jeremy Clarkson theme park'

Angry: One neighbour even brought a legal challenge against the restaurant plans, alleging that the area was in danger of becoming a ‘Jeremy Clarkson theme park’

Defending himself: At the meeting, Jeremy insisted that he is simply trying to'diversify' his business and warned that farmers will be unable to properly look after the natural environment because of their finances

Defending himself: At the meeting, Jeremy insisted that he is simply trying to ‘diversify’ his business and warned that farmers will be unable to properly look after the natural environment because of their finances

Proving his point: 'Farmers look after the woodland, they look after the hedges, the streams and the fields, they keep it beautiful,' he said

Proving his point: ‘Farmers look after the woodland, they look after the hedges, the streams and the fields, they keep it beautiful,’ he said

Argument:'Farmers are not going to be able to do that for much longer because of the farmers's state of finances. We have been told as farmers to diversify ¿ that is exactly what this proposal is'

Argument: ‘Farmers are not going to be able to do that for much longer because of the farmers’s state of finances. We have been told as farmers to diversify — that is exactly what this proposal is’

And councillor Elizabeth Poskitt added: ‘There are plenty of less obtrusive places where one could have a restaurant.’

The TV presenter had hoped to convert a lambing shed built in 2020 after buying a new flock of sheep to expand the farm business. It has now been merged with another local farmer’s flock.

Documents state that the building has since been used, without planning permission, as a cafe and a bar area.

Chadlington Parish Council said it held a public meeting in November to decide its view on the ‘divisive and contentious’ application, but a vote was inconclusive.

Campaign to Protect Rural England West Oxfordshire said any new restaurant would be a ‘major incursion’ into the AONB and would ‘spoil the rural nature of the Upper Evenlode Valley’.

Jeremy’s representatives had already been forced to change transport plans for the scheme with a new one way system and overflow car park to try and appease the mounting number of objectors.

He had also been served with a notice following complaints that the farm shop had breached original planning conditions by selling out-of-town souvenirs.

The council served the contravention notice amid allegations that products sold in its shop were not grown, reared or produced on the farm, or from other local producers.

If proved, that would be in contravention of a condition of the planning permission in November 2019, the council warned. 

Challenges: He bought the plot of land in 2008 and the show follows his highs and lows of tackling the 1,000 acre working farm

Challenges: He bought the plot of land in 2008 and the show follows his highs and lows of tackling the 1,000 acre working farm

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