McDonald's has had its plans for a new burger restaurant in Fleet Road, Cove, thrown out by Hart's Development Control Committee. In overruling officers' recommendations for approval the committee said too many trees would be lost and they questioned the need for the restaurant.

They also said it would affect the strategic gap between towns.

Among the objectors had been Six Continents Ltd who own the neighbouring Tree House Harvester, Fleet. But the Hampshire County Surveyor said it was an ideal site for picking up meals by people on their way home from trips.