Villagers battling to save their local pub were jubilant after redevelopment plans were rejected almost unanimously by councillors.
Regulars have been campaigning to save the Bullers Arms Hotel, in Marhamchurch, near Bude, since it closed at short notice in October last year.
Owner Stephen Rudman had applied to convert the function suite into a five-bedroom house, with an annexe, and build seven houses on the car park.
Locals boarded a 50-seater coach, leading a convoy of cars heading for the Cornwall Council meeting at Luxstowe House, in Liskeard, yesterday, where the east area planning committee refused the application by 10 votes to 1.
The Marhamchurch Conservation Group (MCG) declared itself delighted with the size of the majority support among members, lamenting only that they had nowhere to toast the victory with a cold drink.
Angus Fruin, spokesman for the MCG, said it was a "huge win" for the community.
"We are very pleased – we have won the first battle but not the war," he added.
"It was such a resounding rejection that it shows the feeling is around these type of planning applications in rural Cornwall."
The application for redevelopment was supported by just one of the 11 councillors and consent for demolition was unanimously refused.
A major reason for the opposition was the loss of car parking spaces.
Opponents of the scheme are currently working to list the free house, which has been advertised for sale with a £1 million price tag, as a Community Asset under the 2011 Localism Act.
Mr Rudman, an inventor and designer who bought the pub seven years ago to set a friend up in business, claims the pub had been neglected and was not viable, though it could be a success "in the right hands".
He originally considered redeveloping the entire pub but said the award of partial planning permission could help save the business.
After the meeting Mr Rudman said he planned to appeal, adding: "This was a very short-sighted decision – there has been a great deal of misinformation."
Mr Rudman has offered to lease the business to the community for ten years on a discounted lease of £345,000 for the first five years.
The MCG says it was never its plan to take on the business but revealed there were people locally who might consider a bid at the right price.
Mr Fruin added: "The valuation is totally unrealistic and we don't have the finance to purchase the pub.
"However, if it was advertised at a market value, the village would consider it.
"Everyone is feeling very positive and we now need to pull together and see where we go from here.
"The only disappointment is we can't go to our favourite pub for a celebratory drink."