Jeremy Clarkson is ordered to SHUT his Diddly Squat Farm restaurant and café

Jeremy Clarkson ordered to close his Diddly Squat Farm Restaurant and Cafe: Star battles with ‘Red Pants Brigade’ as he orders notice to close ‘illegal’ dining areas

  • The presenter was told by West Oxfordshire Council that he has six weeks to make the changes
  • These included the removal of portable toilets and tables that diners could use
  • But Clarkson, 62, denies any breach and appeals the enforcement notice
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Jeremy Clarkson was ordered to close Diddly Squat Farm Café and Restaurant after council chiefs claimed the star was using ‘illegal’ dining areas.

An implementation notice by West Oxfordshire County Council (WODC), posted on August 11, told the filing that it had six weeks to make a number of changes to the Chadlington site, which appears in the Amazon Prime series, Clarkson’s farm.

This included ceasing to use any part of the land as a restaurant or café, and the public sale or provision of food or beverages to members of the public for consumption on the land.

The local authority also said the former Top Gear host must remove all portable toilets and all tables that diners will use, as well as “landscaping materials.”

Describing the “unlawful” use of the farm, he said, “their nature, size and location are unsustainable and incompatible with its rural location within the Cotswolds of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.

Furthermore, City Hall prohibited the sale of produce, except for those made on the farm, those made within a 16-mile radius of it, or other products permitted by the council.

Clarkson’s restaurant just opened earlier this summer after months of controversy, claiming a “delightful little loophole” allowed it to get around traditional planning laws.

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The outspoken TV star had previously criticized locals who “wear red shorts” for objecting to the lofty development plans of his successful Diddly Squat venture.

Agents working on behalf of Clarkson, 62, and the farm have denied any violation of planning laws and are appealing the matter, calling the council’s demands “excessive” in documents submitted last month.

Jeremy Clarkson is appealing an order to close Diddly Squat Cafe and Restaurant after board chiefs claim the company violated planning laws

He was required to stop using any part of the land as a restaurant or café, and to publicly sell or provide food or drinks to members of the public for consumption on the land.

He was required to stop using any part of the land as a restaurant or café, and to publicly sell or provide food or drinks to members of the public for consumption on the land.

The presidents added that the site map prepared by the council was incorrect and claimed that the notification period was not long enough to do the work required.

The appeal reads: “The proposed six-week period is too short and would have serious and adverse effects on the businesses and livelihoods of those working on the site. Six months is a more reasonable time frame.

The agents concluded that “the whole thing should be scrapped as a result.”

Papers submitted by the Planning Inspectorate show that it has accepted Mr Clarkson’s appeal as valid and that the returns must be submitted in the coming weeks.

It is believed that Mr. Clarkson was believed to have been able to operate the restaurant after making changes to a barn on his land using a provision allowing the farm structures to be used to modify their original purpose without planning permission approved by the Board.

But the WODC said in August it was investigating the restaurant after council members rejected an initial planning request in January.

One council source, who declined to comment on the local authority’s ongoing investigation, told MailOnline at the time: “The council’s view is that the same planning rules should apply to everyone.

“We will treat Jeremy Clarkson in exactly the same way as everyone else who lives in West Oxfordshire.”

On Clarkson’s farm, the star is working on a 1,000-acre plot, located between Chipping Norton and Chadlington in the idyllic Cotswolds countryside of Oxfordshire.

The ex-petroleum chief appears to have settled on a laid-back, agricultural lifestyle as part of his new Amazon Prime streak of success.

But the massive success of the fair – and the opening of the famous farm shop – created chaos for villagers, who complained about visitors blocking country roads.

Mr. Clarkson’s representatives have been contacted for further comments.

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