Clarkson’s Farm 'nemesis' sets up crowdfund to stop Diddly Squat restaurant

A man who Jeremy Clarkson dubbed his ‘nemesis’ has set up a fundraiser in an effort to shut down the TV personality’s plans for a restaurant, as revealed in Clarkson’s Farm season 2.

In the latest series on Amazon Prime Video, the host embarked on his widely-publicised plan to open up a restaurant next to his farm’s shop, taking over the lambing barn to do so.

In episode five of the second season, he met up with several local farmers to see if they could collaborate with contributing produce for the menu.

The 62-year-old later faced a council planning meeting, to discuss the organisations who did or didn’t have objections to the plans.

After hearing that they had support from the Parish Council, the Cotswold Conservation Board, Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire County Council Transport among others, he then addressed ‘two areas of resistance’.

One was the Campaign to Protect Rural England, who objected to Clarkson putting up more lights, despite the police saying they had to do so for security reasons.

As for the second – ’The second opponent was a local who had decided to be my nemesis,’ Clarkson said.

‘One of the people in the village, Hamish Dewar, has employed a London planning barrister to submit his objections on the application,’ he explained.

It was outlined that in his objections, Dewar had claimed that Clarkson was planning on developing ‘two million square metres’ – a far greater measurement than the reality.

Meanwhile, in a fundraiser set up on crowdfunding platform CrowdJustice, Dewar explained his objections to Clarkson wanting to convert the lambing barn into a restaurant, writing: ‘I am hoping to raise funds to bring a legal case to ensure that celebrity and wealth alone cannot force through a planning application without the case of those with reasonable, and passionate, objections, being taken into account.’

Stressing that he didn’t have a ‘personal vendetta’ against Clarkson, he continued: ‘The plan to change the use of the lambing shed into a 50-seat cafe and restaurant is, in my view, flawed in so many ways, and should be opposed.’

Dewar has raised almost £20,000 since launching the crowdfund, having explained that £25,000 would ‘give me an initial fighting fund should this go to Judicial Review’.

In season two of Clarkson’s Farm, the Grand Tour star does manage to open his restaurant, but it doesn’t go at all to plan, descending into a chaotic nightmare.

In July 2022, he announced on Twitter: ‘I’m thrilled to announce that you now have a chance to try the amazing food we grow and rear on my farm at the brand new (but quite rustic) Diddly Squat Restaurant.’

However, in January this year, it was claimed that the restaurant had been closed down after the stressful planning ordeal.

Clarkson’s Farm is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

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