Planning dispute is not a 'civil war' and will end in 'compromise', says Clarkson

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Traffic on farm shop reopening day in February <i>(Image: Ed Nix)</i>
Traffic on farm shop reopening day in February (Image: Ed Nix)

Jeremy Clarkson said his planning disputes with the council are not a 'civil war' and will end in compromise.

A two-day appeal against West Oxfordshire District Council's refusal to grant permission for a permanent car park at Diddly Squat Farm was held last week.

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Mr Clarkson is also appealing the council’s decision to close his restaurant at the site.

The broadcaster did not appear in person at the hearing last week.

However, asked by a Twitter user how it went, he said: “The coverage makes it sound like a civil war is raging. The truth: a compromise will be reached.”

Scores of visitors descended on the farm shop on Friday and parked on verges although some took to social media to dispute reports they had torn up grass and created muddy puddles.

Mr Clarkson has applied to WODC for permission for a temporary car park to try to ease the traffic problems.

The application is for change of use of an agricultural field opposite his farm shop until January 2025.

If approved it will allow up to 70 cars to park in four rows with manoeuvring space in between.

A covering letter says: “Whilst there is an application for a permanent car park currently at appeal, the decision on that may be some time away.”