Planning application submitted for £40m Sheffield services

26 March 2014

Motorway services developer and operator Extra MSA Group has submitted a planning application to Sheffield City Council for the creation of a £40m service station at junction 35 of the M1 near Sheffield.

Construction spend for the project is estimated at £36m and Extra has pledged that Sheffield city region and Yorkshire companies would have the first tender opportunities.

In addition to approximately 400 construction jobs, Extra is expected to employ between 250 to 300 full time equivalent staff in retail, catering and hotel positions.

The planning submission follows research by Extra's consultants and planning teams who identified a need for a new motorway services area (MSA) on the busy Sheffield area of the M1 - primarily based on the government's advice relating to maximum drive times.

The application includes a central building with approximately 33,000 sq ft of food court, anciliiary retail and other customer facilities. It also incorporating 16 filling positions on the main forecourt and four filling positions on the HGV forecourt, with forecourt shop and a 80 bedroom hotel.

"Having established a clear requirement for a new MSA at Junction 35 of the M1, we are confident that our proposals can facilitate another flagship, job creating MSA that will significantly enhance the local economy," said Extra chief executive Andrew Long.

"Our seven nationwide MSAs all make major contributions to their localities and have been sensitively designed to work with the surroundings and this latest project will be no exception."