THE site of a planned 300 home development in Bocking could hold historically significant Roman artefacts.

Gladman Developments wants to build the homes at land off of Church Street, Bocking.

A report on the application, compiled by Essex County Council’s Historic Environment Adviser has recommended a programme of archaeological trenching is conducted before any work begins.

The report states that a Roman Road runs to the east of the development area and evidence suggests there is “potential” that Roman artefacts could be found.

Braintree historian Mike Bardell said he was “fairly confident” there would have been settlements in the area.

The application was submitted on Friday, July 14, but has already received well over 100 objections.

Concerns have been raised by residents about pollution, traffic and parking with many saying that Bocking would lose its village identity.

The Convent Lane and Broad Road Action Group (Clabrag) and Bocking and High Garrett Residents Action Group (BHGAG) are campaigning against the development.

Terry Cooper, chairman of Clabrag, said: “The campaign is going well with almost 200 objections recorded so far. BHGAG held two drop in meetings allowing residents the opportunity to air their concerns.

“They were well attended meetings leaving residents with reassurance that someone is fighting for their future. We would like to thank the residents who have already objected but we still need more people to get involved.”

In total 2,200 homes are already planned for Bocking as part of Braintree Council’s draft local plan. Search 17/01304/OUT.