A four-week consultation has been launched by the Westmorland Family and the Tatton Estate for the Tatton Services scheme, which would be located at junctions seven and eight on the M56.
The 80/20 partnership (with the 80 belonging to Westmorland) aims to build a sustainability-focused rest stop for travellers. Westmorland has a history of focusing on green-friendly service schemes, with its Gloucester Services earning an excellent BREEAM rating. Westmorland also operates Tebay Services.
Initial plans call for approximately 600 spaces, including 54 electrical charging points and room for HGVs, coaches, caravans and motorcycles. Each would be able to get its preferred fuel at the scheme’s “fuel barn”. This barn would be adaptable, so traditional fuel offerings can be scaled down and electric vehicle charge points can be added.
The main amenity building at the services would be the Glenn Howells Architects-designed farm shop and kitchen, a timbered building with a garden filled with herbs fruits and other plants.
Those looking to take a longer break from the road would be able to spend the night at a 100-bed hotel.
To keep the scheme environmentally friendly, Westmorland has said it will use local produce and make its food from scratch, thus eliminating the distance ingredients will have to travel and the amount of packaging that has to be used. The company also said it would not send any waste to a landfill.
On the consultation website, Westmorland said it will source the electricity for the services from renewable sources, including photovoltaics in the southern parts of roof structures. A sustainable drainage system would also be installed, and Westmorland said it will opt for low-water technologies when it can.
Westmorland is working with sustainability consultants Ramboll on the development. Planit IE is the landscape design architect. Other consultants on the project’s professional team include Pegasus Group, BWB, and FWP.
Consultation on the scheme runs through 23 August.
If the scheme proceeds as planned, a planning application will be submitted later this year.