Jeremy Clarkson looks dapper in a three-piece suit at the Cheltenham Festival for the Gold Cup as he takes a break from the Diddly Squat farm car park drama
The TV star has insisted a “compromise” will be reached over plans for expanded parking at his Diddly Squat farm, which has pitted locals against each other.
And on Friday, Jeremy Clarkson, 62, took a break from the drama, looking sharp in a three-piece suit as he arrived at the Cheltenham Festival for the Gold Cup.
The TV personality opted for a sleek blue ensemble, which she paired with a crisp white shirt and dark boots.
With a pair of sunglasses shielding his eyes, he walked down the race track clutching a newspaper, swinging a gold umbrella at his side.
And while Jeremy enjoyed a day at the races, visitors to Diddly Squat Farm chewed up the grass edges with their 4x4s as the line over a new car park continued to thicken among the locals.
Day off: Jeremy Clarkson, 62, took a break from the drama on Friday and looked sharp in a three-piece suit as he arrived at the Cheltenham Festival for the Gold Cup.
Race time: With a pair of sunglasses shielding his eyes, he strolled around the race track clutching a newspaper.
Dapper – The TV personality opted for a sleek blue ensemble, which she paired with a crisp white shirt and dark boots.
Dozens of vehicles descended on the popular Oxfordshire site again on Friday morning, with long queues forming outside the Amazon presenter’s farm shop.
But as its popularity continues to rise, the farm’s lack of adequate facilities to cater to such an influx of customers has once again been exposed.
Several cars were left in boggy mounds at the side of a road outside Diddly Squat which have fallen into disrepair in recent days as more and more people flock to visit.
Jeremy remains locked in a planning appeal battle with West Oxfordshire District Council, who refused to grant him permission to extend the store’s car park in May last year.
A two-day planning inspection meeting was held this week to consider the former Top Gear presenter’s proposals to accommodate 70 more vehicles.
WODC opposes the plans on the grounds that it would encourage more visitors to Diddly Squat farm, which lies between Chadlington and Chipping Norton, increasing traffic problems.
The council has also said allowing more vehicles would further disturb the tranquility of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
On Twitter, Jeremy said the recent furor “makes it look like a civil war is brewing” but insisted “a compromise will be reached.”
Villagers who support Diddly Squat farm have described it as the ‘crown jewel’ of sustainable living as they pleaded with their local council to allow the expansion plans.
It comes as camera crews were seen in Chipping Norton on Thursday, to resume filming on their hit series, Clarkson’s Farm.
It also broke out that the station has invested in a new beer trailer to serve its flagship Hawkstone beer.
Farmhand Kaleb Cooper shared a photo of the new ‘mobile bar’ on Instagram, with one photo showing a gray trailer with pink paint on the roof.
While it’s unclear what permits Jeremy will need to install the bar on his land, planning permission is generally not required for temporary structures that are used less than 28 days per year.
Ready for anything: Jeremy clutched a camo-print golf umbrella
Enjoying the day: Jeremy chatted with other race goers on the last day of the Cheltenham Festival
You already sell alcohol at your store, so you may not need an additional alcohol license.
Jeremy’s struggles have prompted some local councilors to call on officials to go easy on the star, with Liam Walker, a Conservative Oxfordshire county council member, suggesting he was being treated differently from other developers.
Jeremy is Marmite and he knows it. Of course the council will say that all planning requests are taken at face value, but I wonder if some of my council colleagues came up with a predetermined opinion,’ he told MailOnline.
The TV star is also challenging his decision to close his restaurant on the same plot of land because he allegedly opened it without a planning permit in July last year.