Cllr Robert Vaudry (Cons, Bardon) had submitted a revised scheme to Stratford-on-Avon District Council to hold wedding events at his historic home, The Moat House in Dorsington, after having previous proposals turned down both by a local planning committee and by an independent inspector.

The original scheme was for 24 wedding events a year, but this was refused both by the planning committee and the inspector – after Cllr Vaudry had lodged an appeal – because of the impact it would have on the environment and tranquillity of Dorsington. Cllr Vaudry’s revised proposals were to cut the number of events to 12 a year.

But at last night’s meeting of the district council’s east area planning committee the revised scheme was refused by five votes to three despite a recommendation by planning officials that it should be granted.

Today one of the scheme’s opponents, Dorsington resident Ray Perry, told the Herald: “We’re all very happy that the planning committee saved our village for a second time. They put democracy and common sense above party politics and cronyism.”

And Cllr Gail Williams, the chairman of Dorsington Parish Council, gave this reaction to the committee’s decision: “It was a feeling of pure relief!”