He said he was going to turn it into a restaurant with a kitchen and serve meals for £60 for two, but council records show it has been used as a cafe and bar without the necessary permits.
During an interview with Jeremy Vine, the former Top Gear host said, “There is more traffic, yes, but there is more business – the village shop is doing better, the cafe in the village, the pub in the village, they are all doing better.”
“Not only are they swarmed by customers, but those customers are also spending a lot of money,” the author writes.
Chadlington Parish Council stated it held a public meeting in November to decide its view on the “divisive and contentious” application, but a vote was inconclusive. The council received 53 objections and 12 letters of support.
A new restaurant would be a “major incursion” into the AONB, according to the Campaign to Protect Rural England West Oxfordshire, and would “spoil the rural nature of the Upper Evenlode Valley.”
According to reports from a few months ago, the star was dealt yet another setback when his application to increase the number of parking spots at the farm from 10 to 70 was denied.