18th Oct, 2017

Councillor continues bid to stage weddings at Dorsington home

Stratford Editorial 17th Sep, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A COUNCILLOR is not giving up a bid to transform part of his historic village home into a wedding venue.

Robert Vaudry, a Conservative member of Stratford District Council, has long been seeking to stage weddings at the grade II listed Moat House in Dorsington.

A previous application to stage 24 weddings a year was rejected as was a subsequent appeal to the planning inspectorate.

Last year, despite being recommended for approval, the authority’s planning committee voted against proposals to allow 12 events per year at the farmhouse.

That decision was upheld by government planning inspector Anne Jordan following a second appeal by Coun Vaudry just before Christmas.

He has already held several wedding receptions at the property, which he maintained were private events and therefore not subject to planning permission.

But late last year the council issued him with a stop notice and an enforcement notice preventing him from holding any more wedding events within the precincts of his home.

Coun Vaudry, who lives in the house with his wife and three children, chose to appeal the notice and a public inquiry into the issue was held over two days this week.

Villagers have fought Coun Vaudry’s plans from the start setting up a ‘Save Dorsington’ Facebook page and a protest group – Dorsington Residents Oppose Plans in Total (DROPIT) – which previously staged a protest outside the gates of his home.

Meanwhile Coun Vaudry has accused campaigners of bullying and harassing his family in the past over the plans.

The results of the inquiry are expected to be released within the next six to eight weeks.

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