Jeremy Clarkson has said despite his plans to build a dam to protect Chadlington village he wouldn’t mind if the homes of the red trouser brigade were flooded.

It comes after villagers objected to his planning application to build a car park at the site which has been swamped with fans ever since his hit Amazon TV series Clarkson's Farm first aired in June 2021.

He wanted to increase the number of parking spaces at his Diddly Squat Farm from 10 to 70 but was refused permission last month.

A plan for a new restaurant on the site was also rejected by West Oxfordshire District Council in January. 

Explaining how he was building dams to protect the village from flooding, he wrote: “My thinking was simple. If I could hold the rainfall up here, high in the Cotswold Hills, it wouldn’t cascade down into the local village and ruin everyone’s red trousers.”

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Later he continued: “Things aren’t going very well with them at the moment. They complained that people visiting my farm shop were parking on the road, and when I applied for planning permission to solve the problem with a car park, they objected to that. And now the council has turned me down.

“In some ways I’d quite like the dam to break so all their trousers get soggy.”

In his latest Sunday Times column, he said he knew when he applied to the Environment Agency for permission to build the dams “two things will happen”.

“The red trouser people I’m trying to protect will object, and the clipboard people will find evidence of water voles. Or bats. Or newts.”

Plans to expand the car park were rejected last month by the council, which said that due to the car park's location, size and design the proposed development would “not be sustainable and would not be compatible or consistent in scale with the existing farming business or its open countryside location and would have a visually intrusive and harmful impact on the rural character, scenic beauty and tranquillity of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.

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Mr Clarkson has referred to the “not terribly bright people” in planning departments in a discussion about making improvements to his Oxfordshire farm.

The broadcaster, 62, said he “simply can’t get planning permission” and said local planners are influenced by “people in the village who wear red trousers”.

In an interview with TalkTV’s The News Desk, Mr Clarkson said “no” is the council’s answer to “everything” when it comes to his property.