The Colne Valley railway has had to rule out a move to its preferred site.

In March, the Colne Valley Preservation Society announced it was being forced from its site by landowner Christopher Young.

Mr Young, an Australian businessman, had said that the railway no longer fitted into his plans for the land.

Subsequently, an application put in as part of Braintree District Council Call for Sites revealed that Mr Young was hoping to build up to 400 houses on the land.

The railway, in Castle Hedingham, drew up a short list of sites it could potentially move to, and was poised to announce that it will be moving to the other side of the river.

However, this idea has now had to be scraped for reasons which have not been released.

CVR chairman Paul Lemon said: “The railway remains committed to finding a suitable home and would like to thank all the landowners for their help and patience whilst we work through all the ideas in an attempt to determine the one that best meets the railway’s needs for the future.”