300 jobs boost as M5 eco service station gets go ahead
WORK will finally begin on a £40million service station in Gloucester after a final legal hurdle was overcome.
The motorway service area (MSA) at Brookthorpe, which will create 300 new jobs, will now get under way after campaigners failed in a last ditch throw of the legal dice at the Court of Appeal.
Yesterday the death knell was sounded for campaigners from Brookthorpe with Whaddon Parish Council, Harescome Parish Council and pressure group the Campaign Against Motorway Service Area (CAMSA), who even presented a 1,089-signature petition against the plans, after a lengthy campaign.
The development, between M5 Junctions 11a and 12, is the brainchild of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and Westmoreland, which runs two Lake District service stations.
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They were also challenged by rival service station operators Welcome Break, which runs Michaelwood service area, and Roadchef, which has the Strensham services.
But yesterday's hearing marked the final nail in the coffin in the appeal against planning permission for the project.
Mark Gale of the Trust said: "We are pleased that yesterday's decision brings an end to the judicial review process led by our competitors, which has delayed the project now for 18 months. We are looking forward to bringing this innovative project to fruition, which will generate 300 jobs, £40m of investment and significant community benefit."
In February the High Court turned down a judicial challenge by Roadchef and Welcome Break. An appeal was then launched against the decision, but that was ruled to have no grounds. Now, more than 70 acres of land on either side of the M5 at Onger's Farm will be transformed into petrol stations, cafes, and car and lorry parks.
Eric Hibbert, chairman of Brookthorpe with Whaddon Parish Council, has been one of the leading voices in the campaign against the MSA.
He said: "In all honesty we are not surprised or shocked by this decision. We have put up a brilliant fight right from the beginning."