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Delays on decision for new M42 motorway services in Solihull

Sarah Mason 25th Mar, 2019

SILHILLIANS waiting for news on whether a new motorway services will be built in the borough will have to wait a while longer.

Two rival schemes for the M42 were due to be considered at a special planning committee meeting on Wednesday (March 27).

Applegreen plc handed a planning application in 2016 to build a stop-off at junction four in Shirley.

Meanwhile plans from Extra MSA Group were submitted in 2015 to build services on lands between Hampton-in-Arden and Catherine-de-Barnes.

The long-awaited meeting, which was announced last month, has been cancelled as Applegreen plc, deferred its application for further work.

A Solihull Council spokesperson said: “Applegreen plc has written to the Council seeking a deferment on grounds that additional highway information is being sought by Highways England.

“A full safety risk assessment has been requested, together with requests from Highways England for Applegreen to vary the scope of other work streams that have been undertaken.

“The Council has taken legal advice and as a consequence has had no option other than to acquiesce to this request.

“It is anticipated that these items will be taken to Planning Committee sometime in June 2019.”

Extra MSA Group, who applied to for the services on land near Hampton-in-Arden and Catherine-de-Barnes, said it would create up to 300 jobs with a bus service available for employees and build not only the services but also a hotel and a new access road.

Whereas Applegreen plc say it wants to create an ‘environmentally responsible’ motorway services near Shirley with a new building and extensive landscaping.

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