Jeremy Clarkson 'upsets neighbours over farm shop plan'

A report that TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson's plans to open a farm shop at his Cotswold country estate have made his neighbours "furious" features in today's newspaper round-up.

The Daily Mail reports that, in letters of objection to Oxfordshire District Council, neighbours "claim the development would blight a designated area of outstanding natural beauty". It adds that they are also "unnerved by a reference in the former Top Gear presenter’s planning application to the site’s ‘potential for occasional filmmaking’".

An article in CityAM says that "Londoners need homes – and a full review of green belt land". Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive of business body London First, writes: "At London First, we have long called for a review of London’s green belt to free up more land for high-quality new homes. Of course, we need to protect the capital’s green spaces, but much of the land that is currently safeguarded at all costs falls far short of the images of rolling green fields that are conjured up in people’s minds when the green belt is discussed."

The Sun reports that locals in the Devon town of Totnes have persuaded town council members "to block the installation of 5G masts by Vodafone, EE, O2 and other networks." The paper says that the ban "has no force in planning law".

The Times (subscription) reports that "consumer spending suffered its worst September for decades last month as the possibility of a no-deal Brexit loomed over the high street". The paper says that "total sales fell by 1.3 per cent year-on-year last month compared with a 0.7 per cent increase in the same month last year, the latest monthly survey by the British Retail Consortium and KPMG, the accountancy firm, said".

The Times reports that "almost 1,000 new jobs could be created after the approval of a marine engineering development on the Clyde". The paper says that "planning officials at West Dunbartonshire council have given the go-ahead to the first phase of the Scottish Marine Technology Park near Erskine Bridge. It involves the creation of a fabrication facility, a deep-water jetty and remediation works for what is a former oil storage site."


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