“It would also be likely to result in significant harm to the living conditions of nearby residents due to noise, especially from guests congregating outside the function room and from traffic exiting the site in late evening,” he added.

When the Herald contacted Cllr Vaudry it was the first he’d heard of the inspector’s decision. On being told what the planning inspector had decided, and why, Cllr Vaudry was asked to offer a comment.

He said: “I will have to have a look at it. I need to read it and then give a considered view. This is the first I’ve heard of it.”

But local campaigners who’ve been engaged in an acrimonious battle with Cllr Vaudry over his plans were jubilant.

Dorsington resident Ray Perry, whose wife Lesley is chairman of the parish council, told the Herald: “As you can imagine, the entire village is overjoyed. We have renewed our faith in the democratic process and we’re delighted that the inspector allowed us to have our say as fully as he did.”

Stratford district councillor Peter Barnes (Lib Dem, Welford)—in whose ward Dorsington is situated —said: “We’re obviously over the moon. We stuck together and the tranquility of the village will not be substantially ruined.”

Villagers found out about Cllr Vaudry’s plans to establish a wedding venue at his home, the centuries-old Moat House, shortly before Christmas 2012. They were furious, chiefly because they found out by accident via an advertisement in a theatre programme.

What made them even angrier was the fact that Cllr Vaudry’s wife, Sarah, was chairman of Dorsington Parish Council at the time. Soon after the row erupted she resigned.

Overnight Cllr Vaudry was transformed from being a popular, hail-fellow-well-met individual into a pantomime villain. And his uncomfortable role as a local hate figure has remained unabated for more than 15 months.

Villagers have voiced a number of complaints against Cllr Vaudry, but a few weeks ago he turned the tables on his accusers by claiming that it was he and his family who were being bullied and not them.

In a statement to the Herald last month on the eve of his appeal hearing, Cllr Vaudry said: “For over a year my family and I have had to endure a nasty, spiteful and very personalised campaign of bullying and harassment.”

He added: “We’ve had to endure one neighbour regularly shouting abuse at us and I caught another searching through my rubbish. My children will no longer walk alone through the village.”

Dorsington Residents’ Association responded shortly afterwards by firmly denying that any resident had initiated any abuse against Cllr Vaudry and his family.

The whole saga has been unusual not just because of the hostility surrounding a local councillor and his neighbours, but also because an elected representative has found himself at loggerheads with the local authority of which he himself is a member.