Stop Diddly Squat

by Hamish Dewar

Stop Diddly Squat

by Hamish Dewar
Hamish Dewar
Case Owner
I am a painting conservator and have lived in Chadlington for 28 years. I have spent the last 35 years conserving paintings and now, reluctantly, find myself trying to help conserve an area of AONB
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Latest: March 18, 2022

The latest from Diddly Squat

In the midst of what is happening in the world it does seem rather absurd to be worrying about a farm shop in the Cotswolds, but worry we do....

You were all so kind to contribute and I wanted to brie…

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I have lived in Chadlington for 28 years with my family and intend to leave, way in the future, in a recycled cardboard box.

I am hoping to prevent Jeremy Clarkson changing the use of a 'Lambing Shed' into a cafe and restaurant. As I understand it, the shed has had minimal agricultural use and has been a 'Trojan Horse' for far bigger aspirations. I believe this is an abuse of the planning system and a threat to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

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.

I must stress that this is not a personal vendetta against Jeremy Clarkson, who has many supporters in Chadlington who disagree with my stance. He has the platform, primarily in the Sunday Times, to put across his case, and, it must be said, to be (in the eyes of some) rude and offensive at will [ "moron”, “red trouser brigade” and “a busybody”] but also has the wherewithal, and apparent inclination, to be an inspiration for regenerative agriculture. His very near neighbour https://www.farm-ed.co.uk has, in my opinion, the moral high ground in the farming debate. If he can be stopped from pursuing what is, again in my opinion, a really daft idea, and focus on responsible farming, the world will, in one tiny corner of the Cotswolds, be a better place.

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. There is also the (in my view entirely justified) concern that a 50-seat restaurant will grow to match the 150-head alcohol licence which has already been granted. Primarily, I will argue in my legal case that it is a real and imminent threat to an AONB, a very dangerous planning precedent where a 'Trojan Horse' application can abuse the planning system, and will lead to a traffic flow that will destroy the nature and character of a village which simply cannot safely accommodate the amount of cars, bikes, vans and buses that are already being attracted here by the fame and appeal of Jeremy Clarkson.

In order to take my case forward I need to employ a traffic and an agricultural expert, right now, to put my case to West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC). I will also need legal counsel, with the expertise and experience of such a high profile case, to represent me. To have any hope of being able to fairly and equably present my case I need the help of those who care, as passionately as I do, about rural England, or indeed, on a far broader canvas, about the conservation of those things that matter to us.

£5000 will enable me to seek the advice of a planning and an agricultural expert.

£10,000 will enable me to have formal responses from them, to be presented to WODC.

£25,000 will give me an initial fighting fund should this go to Judicial Review.

Every £ helps and every £ shows that people care.

There are so many other far more critical and crucial appeals than this, which we all read and hear about, and I am sure often contribute to, every day, so I thank you very much for reading to the end of this message. I cannot pretend that this is any more than what it is…a local planning dispute.

If you have the time and the inclination please do read the submissions, for and against, on the WODC website.

All the best

Hamish




Update 1

Hamish Dewar

March 18, 2022

The latest from Diddly Squat

In the midst of what is happening in the world it does seem rather absurd to be worrying about a farm shop in the Cotswolds, but worry we do....

You were all so kind to contribute and I wanted to briefly let you know what is now happening as there have been stories in the press and there has been a considerable amount of building work going on at DS.

An application for a greatly enlarged car park and other work has been put in to WODC and the plan seems to be 'build first and ask later' in the hope that no enforcement action will be taken.  In my opinion, and of course I may be wrong, this would seem to be a blatant abuse of the planning system.  Others will disagree.

No appeal against the original decision by WODC has yet been lodged.

Thanks again for your wonderful support which is hugely appreciated.

all the best

Hamish

For what its worth this is my objection to the latest plan:


I would like to object most strongly to the latest planning application for the Diddly Squat site, which has been, and continues to be, a blot on the landscape in an AONB.  In my opinion the only thing that has changed since the previous application was refused is that a considerable amount of building work has, and is, being carried out without permission and there is a consistent failure to comply with planning control, in what is clearly an abuse of the planning system.A large car park would necessitate a considerable amount of lighting which would do untold harm to the landscape. The car park is clearly intended to serve the restaurant which was previously refused planning permission and the proposal therefore has no public benefit whatsoever and would have a considerable negative impact on the area.This is not the only way to get the parked cars off the verges of the road up from Chadlington, which is in itself essential as they are a considerable hazard, as the obvious option would seem to me to be to relocate the farm shop to a different and more suitable site which is not within an AONB.  Such sites do exist nearby.  I would ask you therefore to please consider this application with the greatest of care as the implications are considerable.

and this is where the application can be seen:

https://publicaccess.westoxon.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=R83Y9GRKKQG00

22/00613/FUL | Extension to existing parking area to formalise temporary parking and provision of new access arrangements. Form new storage compound and associated landscaping. | Diddly Squat Farm Shop Chipping Norton Road Chadlington Oxfordshire OX7

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