Jeremy Clarkson has been refused permission for his scheme to build a hilltop restaurant on his Oxfordshire Diddly Squat farm and was somewhat upset by the councils actions calling one of the planning officials a comedian.
Fellow farmers, other food producers and local residents, were greatly supportive arguing that the case showed a distinct lack of imagination between planners and the needs of modern farmers to find new ways of making a living.
Jeremy argued that his restaurant, which he wanted to open in a converted lambing shed, was the sort of diversification project farmers needed to undertake to survive and his scheme would create jobs for up to 25 people and give local farmers and other food producers a more lucrative market for their goods.
One of only two committee members, Merilyn Davies, a district councillor who supported the restaurant plan added, “I never thought I’d agree with Jeremy Clarkson, he rubs some people up the wrong way but I think his idea of local farmers working as a cooperative to supply the restaurant was interesting.”
This is yet another example of the sort of mess people get into when organizing anything which involves the local council, for never forget, a camel is a horse designed by a committee.