RAIL bosses have refused to agree plans to build a station at the new Elvetham Heath mini town near Fleet.

The Strategic Rail Authority has told Hart Council there is no need for a station to serve the 1,864-home estate.

The council included the Railroad Heath station in its blueprint for Elvetham Heath in a bid to ease pressure on the area's clogged up roads.

But after studying the proposal, the SRA has decided that, "given the proximity of existing railway stations, there is no justification for a new station at Elvetham Heath."

News of the setback was revealed in a report to the council's development control committee last week.

Members agreed to seek urgent talks with the SRA in a bid to persuade it to change its mind.

If the authority refuses to budge, then its decision could lead to Fleet's already busy station being swamped by commuters.

Giorgio Framalicco, the council's planning manager, said last Friday: "The council will be extremely disappointed if it doesn't achieve its aspirations for a station."

Under a deal with the developers, the council has secured the railway station site for 10 years.

The council has another seven years of that deal in which to persuade the SRA to agree the station plan.

If it fails, then the developers will submit plans for an alternative use.