Jeremy Clarkson faces setback as bid to widen ‘local produce’ at his farm shop halted

Jeremy Clarkson reveals mishap during lambing season

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Jeremy Clarkson asked to adapt planning rules on his Diddly Squat Farm in Chadlington, Oxfordshire, according to reports. The Grand Tour host, who lives on a farm with his partner Lisa Hogan, was accused of “undermining” small businesses by attempting to loosen restrictions on sourcing only local produce for his farm shop.

The former Top Gear host is said to have been granted planning permission for his Diddly Squat Farm on the basis he sell goods by “local people” and local rules restricted Jeremy’s farm shop to only sell “locally produced” goods sourced from within the West Oxfordshire area.

However, the presenter had sought the lifting of restrictions and asked to expand the designated area to source items by a 30-mile radius.

Under the current planning rules, this included the sale of meat, vegetables, fruit, flowers, bread and cakes, eggs and dairy products as well as farm and woodland based products.

The 60-year-old has reportedly had to settle for a radius of 16 miles, after district councils issued a cut back on the proposals.

According to MailOnline, Chadlington Parish Council stated Jeremy’s plans would undermine the “viability” of businesses within the Oxfordshire village.

The councillors are claimed to have had worries that the potential sourcing expansion would impact village businesses.

The parish council had rejected the applicant’s claims and the farm shop would be unable to benefit from a 30-mile radius.

A spokesperson said: “It is a permanent shop that will be in competition with the local shops of the village.

“For these reasons the Parish Council objects to the variation of the condition.”

West Oxfordshire District Council granted a variation on the condition but only increased the radius to one of 16 miles – around half the 30 miles Jeremy’s team had applied for.

This restriction was designated as the West Oxfordshire District boundaries, which represented an area of 275sq miles.

Clarkson’s team’s proposed extension to 30 miles would cover a total of 2828sq miles.

Express.co.uk has contacted Jeremy Clarkson’s representatives for comment.

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It is understood that Jeremy is set to front an Amazon Prime series about his experiences with farming.

Fans will be excited to see his new solo offering which has the working title of I Bought A Farm as Jeremy swaps cars for agriculture.

The show will see him across the farming year working on the land he purchased with his girlfriend Lisa

Speaking ahead of the release of The Grand Tour: A Massive Hunt back in November, Jeremy revealed how “lucky” he felt to be able to film the show.

At the time, he told Express.co.uk and other media: “That was the luckiest break.

“I’m always very lucky, but to do a show in my own backyard in the year of a pandemic is incredibly good fortune.

“We did manage to keep filming, albeit with a massively reduced crew of one sound man, one cameraman and me, that was it.

He continued: “But we managed to keep filming all the way through, which is tremendous.

“My heart obviously goes out to everyone suffering appalling hardships and deaths and what have you, which is a nightmare. But as far as I was concerned, I was fortunate as hell.”

The eight-part series is set to be aired on Amazon Prime but no official release date has been given.

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