Jeremy Clarkson has been ordered to shut his farm’s café and restaurant after the native council claimed his enterprise breached planning legal guidelines.
The 62-year-old TV presenter opened a 40-seat restaurant in an outdated lambing barn in July, simply months after the council rejected his plans for a bistro in a more moderen barn because it stated it might spoil a protected rural panorama.
Talking to The Occasions on the opening, the presenter of Clarkson’s Farm, the Amazon Prime present, claimed he had discovered a “a crafty little loophole”, which allowed him to vary the barn’s use with no need planning permission.
However the next month West Oxfordshire District Council issued an enforcement discover, ordering Clarkson to cease the use “of any a part of the land as a restaurant or café”. It additionally required the removing of “all tables and chairs, catering vans and cellular bathrooms on web site, in addition to all ‘landscaping supplies’”, The Occasions has now reported.
The discover stated the store and restaurant’s “nature, scale [and] siting is unsustainable and incompatible with its countryside location inside the Cotswold Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence”.
“Brokers engaged on the farm’s behalf denied it breached planning legal guidelines and stated among the necessities have been ‘extreme’,” reported the BBC. In addition they stated a map served by the council was incorrect and that the discover “needs to be quashed in its entirety in consequence”.
In a press release, the authority stated: “The enterprise continues to function outdoors the planning permissions granted and recommendation has been ignored. The exercise has additionally had a big affect on the local people.”
Clarkson purchased the farm in 2008 nevertheless it was run by a neighborhood farmer till his retirement in 2019. After a well-known U-turn on local weather change, the TV presenter and motoring journalist selected to see if he may run it himself.
All diners on the café and restaurant have been required to consent to being filmed for Clarkson’s Farm. “This isn’t a viable enterprise however TV content material,” stated a restaurant reviewer for The Telegraph. However the reviewer did have a “pretty expertise” and thought the venue was “high quality bonkers”.