Sheffield & South Yorkshire

New Sheffield motorway service area planned for M1

Illustration of the planned motorway service area Image copyright Extra MSA Group
Image caption The plans include a hotel, petrol station and parking for more than 600 cars, developers said

Plans have been submitted for a new £40m motorway service area near Sheffield, in South Yorkshire.

Extra MSA Group has submitted a planning application to Sheffield City Council for a 27-acre site (11-hectare) at Junction 35 of the M1.

The developers said the site, near Chapeltown, could eventually employ about 250 full-time equivalent posts.

The plans include an 80-bedroom hotel, food and retail space, a petrol station and parking for more than 600 cars.

About 400 construction workers would also work on the scheme, the developers said.

The proposals include creating a new wood and opening 172 acres (69 hectares) of privately-owned woodland for public use.

Cowley Residents Action Group (CRAG) and The Woodland Trust have opposed plans for the service area.

Extra MSA Group said the chosen site was the "only commercially viable and deliverable location" given government policy and highway safety considerations.

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