Clarkson granted 'Diddly Squat' planning permission


Clarkson granted 'Diddly Squat' planning permission

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been granted planning permission to demolish a five-bedroom farmhouse in the Cotswolds, to make way for a new luxury home, called 'Diddly Squat Farm'.
> West Oxfordshire district council approved the plans, which involves the removal of the building on its 70-hectare site, after it received no objections during the application's public consultation period.

The council did however impose the condition that building work commence within the next three years.

The new property, which has been penned by landscape architects Portus+Whitton, will have a total of seven bedrooms as well as a snooker room, swimming pool, tennis courts and kennels, which will complement the stables and barn already in place.

Naturally, the plans also include plenty of parking space for Clarkson's fleet of cars.

The motoring journalist bought the site in 2009 for an undisclosed fee. However, a previous listing valued the property at £4.25million.

Clarkson granted 'Diddly Squat' planning permission

Clarkson will move to the site from his current home near Chipping Norton, and has previously commented on the purchase on his blog on the Top Gear website.

"I have bought a farm. There are many sensible reasons for this," he wrote.

"Land is a better investment than any bank can offer. The government doesn't get any of my money when I die. And the price of the food that I grow can only go up.

"But there is another, much more important reason: I can now have a quad bike.

"I have always loved the idea of such things. They are like motorbikes but they don't fall over when you leave them alone, they look great and they bring a bit of civilisation to Britain's rather dreary green and brown bits."

Whether his neighbours would agree with that last sentiment remains to be seen.