It is now well over three years since a planning application was made to build motorway services at M1 Junction 35 on Cowley Hill. This will involve the destruction of ancient woodland to accommodate the services, with over 900 objections to the proposals.
Another developer has now submitted a proposal to Rotherham Council to develop motorway services at M1 Junction 33 (Sheffield Parkway) which will have significantly less impact on the local environment.
Public consultation on this application was completed on the 23rd October and we are now awaiting the planning decision. Meanwhile, Sheffield City Council have put on hold the planning application for Junction 35, and Liberal Democrats will fully support the council if they decide not to approve this application.
Victoria Bowden, Lib Dem campaigner said, “There are now two options on the table. One would see the destruction of an ancient woodland and has over 900 objections. The other would have significantly less impact. I hope the Council think this through and make the right decision.”