The MP became further embroiled in a row over planning when he this week criticised the coalition government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Mr Zahawi’s criticism is especially pertinent because he is a member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Downing Street policy board.

The reasons given by the district council’s committee for refusing the Tysoe application included expressions of concern about the effect of the scheme on the local landscape.

There was also a feeling it would bring no local benefit and would create a lack of social cohesion.

For a fuller report and analysis see next Thursday’s Stratford Herald.