Controversial service station ruling delayed again

A long-delayed decision on the potential building of a controversial new motorway service station on ancient woodland has been postponed again.

Sheffield Council was due to publish a report into £46m Extra service station for the M1 at Smithy Wood, near Chapeltown, on Tuesday, with a view to councillors making a decision on the application at a planning meeting on March 28.

The firm first submitted its plans – including hotel, petrol station and parking – in March 2014, saying the development was needed to improve road safety by providing a rest stop.

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Protest held over M1 service station proposal for Smithy Wood

A demonstration has taken place over plans to build a motorway service station on ancient woodland in South Yorkshire.

The £45m development is proposed for Smithy Wood, by M1 junction 35 between Thorpe Hesley and Chapeltown.

About 150 people took part in the protest outside Sheffield Town Hall on Saturday.

Developers, Extra, say there is “a clear need” to fill a gap in service provision in the area.

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