DEVELOPERS have ploughed ahead with plans to build up to 143 homes on land north of Ringwood despite claims there are ‘human remains’ on the site.

Applicants Gladman Developments have formally submitted outline proposals to New Forest District Council for the site off Snails Lane.

All matters other than access and the overall principle of the scheme are reserved for subsequent applications.

If the project gets the green light it will feature up to 72 affordable housing properties across 11 hectares of land sectioned into three parcels.

The plans were lodged with the local authority last month and more than 50 residents have submitted objections, alongside Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust.

As reported by the Daily Echo, residents in Snails Lane questioned the appropriateness of the development site. They said it often floods and has “potentially hazardous waste and reported human remains” in it.

Concerns were also raised about traffic and access to the site off the A338 Salisbury Road.

Gladman’s plans show the north section of the development would be accessed through a new priority-controlled access junction on the main road, while the southern section reached by a junction on Snails Lane.

A statement submitted by the applicants says: “The development will comprise a well-contained extension to the built-up area of Ringwood. A range of densities and house types are proposed to meet local need. Up to 50 per cent (72) of the units will be affordable, which is in full accordance with local planning policy.”

Full details on the housing mix will not be revealed until the developers submit reserved matters applications.

Alongside the homes, Gladman propose 1.68 hectares of open space, 4.13 hectares of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG), an informal footpath/cycle link and a “comprehensive” surface water drainage scheme.