Jeremy Clarkson did a thing! MPs change permitted development law after planning 'loophole' row

Jeremy Clarkson and his partner Lisa Hogan
Jeremy Clarkson and his partner Lisa Hogan (Image credit: Getty Images)

Permitted development rights have today been altered to give farmers greater powers over what they do with their agricultural buildings after the issue was highlighted by Jeremy Clarkson. 

Environment Secretary Steve Barclay has said he wants to make it easier for farmers to diversify by extending permitted development rights following complaints from TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who appears in a television series about his farm in the Cotswolds – Diddly Squat Farm.

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