Councils must “cut farmers some slack” to help them continue to exist, Jeremy Clarkson has mentioned within the wake of his making plans utility defeat.
Clarkson, who hopes to build a 60-seat cafe in an existing development at his Oxfordshire estate, said it’s “just about inconceivable to earn money from farming”, leaving landowners needing to “diversify” to stick afloat.
Calling his own situation an “unholy mess” that has observed him “dwelling in the murky, gray area of legal loopholes and crafty wheezes”, he suggested native councils to think about the “heaps of struggling other people” who wish to modification their unused buildings into something successful.
Writing in his Sunday Times magazine column, Clarkson referred to as the West Oxfordshire District Council assembly in early January “The day I lost to the nimbys”.
As owner of the Diddly Squat farm in Chipping Norton, he has become something of an sudden champion of rural lifestyles after branching out from his occupation as a television broadcaster and motoring fanatic.
He has lately been refused permission to construct a new 70-house automotive park and 60-seat cafe on the farm web page, after FIFTY THREE objections had been won by way of the council, at the side of 12 letters of toughen.
He defined converting the development from an “unused lambing barn into a small, wood ‘n’ sawdust café that would sell just right meals that had been grown and reared locally”, pronouncing he had all started paintings on the amenities sooner than the making plans committee ruling.
Councillors at the assembly of West Oxfordshire District Council supported the planners’ advice to refuse permission at the grounds the restaurant can be “out of conserving” with the Cotswolds Space Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Tricky to make cash from farming
He wrote: “It’s nearly inconceivable to generate profits from farming in this day and age and in up to date years farmers have depended on government supplies to keep going.
“However those offers are being phased out and we now have been told by way of the government that to survive we should diversify. And now local executive is pronouncing we won’t.
“That has to be addressed, and shortly, in order that councils are inspired or even ordered to chop farmers some slack.”