March start for £75m Warrington service station appeal
Warrington Council voted to refuse Extra MSA’s plans to redevelop a 38-acre Green Belt site off Junction 11 of the M62 last year.
A planning inspector will now decide whether to allow Extra MSA’s appeal or uphold the council’s decision to reject the plans. A 16-day inquiry will begin on 23 March.
The £75m service station plans included a 100-bedroom hotel, fuel filling station, food court, and 536-space car park.
Extra MSA argues that Warrington was wrong to refuse the scheme, noting that the council’s planning officer had recommended the application for approval.
The officer had said the benefits of the project outweighed the potential Green Belt harm, adding that there was a need for a service station in this area.
The distance between Birch Services to Switch Island is 40 miles, while it is 35 miles away from Charnock Richard Services.
The recommended distance between service stations is 28 miles, according to government policy.
In addition, Extra MSA claims the scheme could generate a net additional GVA of more than £8m a year in Warrington.
Shoosmiths is acting on behalf of Extra MSA.