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A LARGE business park could be built near the A3 at Petersfield.

Gentian Development Group has applied to build a business park on land south of Buckmore Farm, off Winchester Road.

The site, around 6,000sq m, is behind the Premier Inn and McDonald’s.

The outline plans include a new access to Winchester Road and buildings to accommodate office, research and development, light industrial, storage and distribution.

The proposals have attracted dozens of submissions to the planning authority.

Dr Hannah Fluck, senior archaeologist for Hampshire County Council, said the site should be excavated first.

She said: ‘To the west a Roman villa is known at Stroud and there is also some evidence for prehistoric activity in the wider area, largely through funerary monuments such as round barrows and stone tools.

‘Given the scale of the proposed development any archaeological deposits that are present will be significantly disturbed.’

Some residents are worried about extra congestion.

One neighbour wrote: ‘My concerns lie with the volume of traffic this will accumulate. My main concern being the overspill of traffic from the proposed development and parking in nearby residential roads.’

The plans are now being considered by South Downs National Park Authority.