Jeremy Clarkson's plane expand Diddly Squat Farm suffers setback

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EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Clarkson’s plan to build a cycle park and storage compound at Diddly Squat Farm suffers further setback as local police fear it will attract criminals

  • The outspoken TV presenter has put in a new planning application for a 70-space car park just for his ever-expanding farm shop
  • Clarkson wants to build a cycle park, storage compound and landscape the entire area surrounding the shop and café
  • This will include an ‘infiltration pool’ and nine types of trees, 12 varieties of shrubs and ten styles of hedgerows
  • Since the shop opened last summer locals have endured two-hour traffic jams after the airing of his Amazon Prime reality show
  • Clarkson initially could only sell farm produce from the area, but locals complained that he’d expanded
  • The presenter says the new plans will ‘aid the flow of traffic in the vicinity of the site entry and exit points on Chipping Norton Road
  • But Kevin Cox, Thames Valley Police Crime Prevention Design Advisor, slated the plans and had ‘concerns that it may be vulnerable to crime

Jeremy Clarkson’s plans to expand his controversial Cotswolds farm has been hit with a further blow – as the local police claim it’s a potential ‘crime and disorder’ site.

The outspoken TV presenter has put in a new planning application for a 70-space car park just for his ever-expanding farm shop after an earlier application for a 60-seat restaurant was refused by West Oxfordshire District Council.

The 61-year-old wants to build a cycle park, storage compound and landscape the entire area surrounding the shop and café, creating a sort of eco-park. 

Problems: Jeremy Clarkson’s plans to expand his controversial Cotswolds farm has been hit with a further blow - as the local police claim it’s a potential ‘crime and disorder’ site

Problems: Jeremy Clarkson’s plans to expand his controversial Cotswolds farm has been hit with a further blow – as the local police claim it’s a potential ‘crime and disorder’ site

This will include an ‘infiltration pool’ and nine types of trees, 12 varieties of shrubs and ten styles of hedgerows, with 1,569 plants surrounding the site.

Since the shop opened last summer, locals in Chadlington, near Chipping Norton, had to endure two-hour traffic jams after the airing of his Amazon Prime reality show based on Diddly Squat Farm.

Clarkson initially could only sell farm produce from the area, but locals complained that he’d expanded, with one saying ‘there is already a significant problem with the number of visitors coming from far afield to visit the “farm shop”, which sells hats, aprons, T-shirts and candles and makes a point of not selling kale.’

Best laid plans: The 61-year-old wants to build a cycle park, storage compound and landscape the entire area surrounding the shop and café, creating a sort of eco-park

Best laid plans: The 61-year-old wants to build a cycle park, storage compound and landscape the entire area surrounding the shop and café, creating a sort of eco-park

Looking ahead: Clarkson has put in a new planning application for a 70-space car park just for his farm shop after an earlier application for a 60-seat restaurant was refused

Looking ahead: Clarkson has put in a new planning application for a 70-space car park just for his farm shop after an earlier application for a 60-seat restaurant was refused

Clarkson says the new plans will ‘serve to aid the flow of traffic in the vicinity of the site entry and exit points on Chipping Norton Road and will alleviate pinch points within the site which together with the provision of additional parking capacity will ease congestion.’

To ease local fears of light pollution, the car park will be open the same hours as the farm store, 9.30am to 4.30pm, Wednesday to Sunday, and closed in January and February.

But Kevin Cox, Thames Valley Police Crime Prevention Design Advisor, slated the plans and had ‘concerns that it may be vulnerable to crime and antisocial behaviour.’

Looking ahead: He says the new plans will'serve to aid the flow of traffic in the vicinity of the site entry and exit points on Chipping Norton Road

Looking ahead: He says the new plans will ‘serve to aid the flow of traffic in the vicinity of the site entry and exit points on Chipping Norton Road

Further in his letter to the council, he add: ‘Currently I do not feel this application adequately considers the potential for crime and disorder.’

Cox states that he has concerns that when ‘planned broadcasting of the next series of the programme [is] filmed at the location, may lead to repetition of the highway disruption and subsequent safety issues seen previously.’

He’s also recommended that gates are added to the entrance and exit routes to ‘prevent unauthorised vehicle intrusion’ and that the car park is ‘adequately lit’ and installed with CCTV.

Cox has recommended a meeting with Clarkson saying: ‘I welcome the applicant to make contact with me for any advice or guidance relating to this or future applications, to ensure that all opportunities are taken to design out crime from the outset.’ 

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