Talks continue on proposal for M1 services at woodland

No decision will be made until June on whether to approve plans to build a £46 million motorway service station on ancient woodland.

Thursday, 31st March 2016, 6:00 am
Aerial view of Smithy Wood

The controversial application for the proposed Extra service station, at junction 35 of the M1 near Chapeltown, was originally submitted in March 2014 and has attracted thousands of objections.

It had originally been envisaged that Sheffield Council’s planning committee would give a verdict by October 2014 – but the decision has been delayed several times, while the applicants have provided further information and revised plans which needed further consultation.

Eleanor Ridge, from the council’s planning department, had written to the Pegasus Group, who are acting on behalf of Extra, to ask for the organisation to agree to a new deadline of June 10, with final submissions to be made by April 8. She said further time was needed to deal with outstanding matters around the ‘complex application’.

But the applicant responded by asking for extra time, agreeing to a decision not being made before June 30.

Andrew Long, chief executive of Extra, previously said the new service station at would create around 300 jobs, while 60,000 trees would be planted to outweigh the loss of ‘low-quality’ ancient woods.

The application is opposed by groups including The Woodland Trust.