Public exhibitions for proposed new Motorway Service Area to take place next week - The Solihull Observer

Public exhibitions for proposed new Motorway Service Area to take place next week

Solihull Editorial 21st Jul, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016   0

RESIDENTS are being be given the opportunity to have their say on a planned new Motorway Service Area (MSA) at land adjacent to junction 4 of the M42 when Applegreen plc launches a public consultation on its plans on Monday (July 25).

The proposals will be available for all to see at the brand new website – – where comments and views can be uploaded.

Meanwhile, there are two public exhibitions taking place on Tuesday (July 26) at Dorridge Village Hall and Wednesday (July 27) at Cheswick Green Village Hall – both sessions running from 3pm to 8pm.

The exhibitions will give people the chance to see the plans up close for themselves, talk to the people behind the scheme and also leave their comments for review.

The proposals being developed include a grass covered canopy design that shields the main amenity building and works with grass covered banks, called bunding, to visually shield the facility from the M42 and also from communities to the east of the site.

Des Stafford, Head of Developments UK for Applegreen said: “Applegreen’s vision is to create a motorway service area that is environmentally responsible, minimises our impact on the landscape and creates benefit for surrounding communities.

“As part of our commitment to community consultation, Applegreen would like to invite neighbouring communities and interested parties to attend a public exhibition to view our draft proposals and provide feedback before the proposals are finalised and presented as a formal planning application.”

Applegreen plc will use the feedback from the consultation to inform its proposals before making a planning application.

As well as the greenbelt enhancement works being proposed, the Junction 4 plans have a total planning application boundary of circa 9 hectares compared with the alternative MSA proposal for Catherine de Barnes which would take up around 62 hectares and require its own motorway junction.

The public consultation will run until the August 12, which is the deadline for people to feedback their comments.


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