Jeremy Clarkson to meet angry locals over their Diddly Squat farm shop concerns

Jeremy Clarkson to meet angry locals over their Diddly Squat farm shop concerns

09/09/2021

Jeremy Clarkson is set to meet villagers in Chadlington to answer questions and concerns about his Diddly Squat farm shop.

The Grand Tour presenter, 61, opened his new business venture last year.

It soon drew anger from locals after fans from across the UK travelled for hours to attend the shop, causing huge queues of traffic and generating complaints from residents.

Jeremy will now meet with residents of the village near Chipping Norton in West Oxfordshire to answer their questions.

Described as a "Diddly Squat Farm Q & A!", the meeting with take place at 7pm tonight (September 9) and has been advertised in posters around Chadlington.

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The poster reads: "As there seems to be some debate in the village about what's going on at Diddly Squat, Jeremy Clarkson will be at the Memorial Hall to explain his plans and to take any questions you may have.

"Everybody from the area is welcome to attend.”

It adds: “Cheese and wine will be provided.”

Described as an "emporium of edible delights. And potatoes," Jeremy documented the opening of the shop in the hit Amazon Prime TV series, Clarkson's Farm.

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While the shop has been a success, it hasn't always been plain sailing.

In June, police were called out to the premises after angry local residents complained about the traffic it was generating.

The Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? host has also applied for planning permission to develop the site.

His recent application to make external alterations to one of the buildings was met with concern by locals, who opposed the plans for fears the development would have a "negative impact on the landscape."

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Chadlington parish council said it had no objections to the build but said the plans "should not confirm a change of use status for this agricultural building”.

Applications to convert a lambing shed into a café and a request for an alcohol and entertainment license were submitted in November last year and February respectively.

Speaking recently, Jeremy admitted that fears of losing his £250,000 investment into the farm gave him "sleepless nights".

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