Extra MSA Group has outlined proposals to build a motorway services at Junction 11 of the M62 in a move that could create up to 250 permanent jobs.
The developer is holding two public consultations on the proposals ahead of submitting a planning application later this year. The proposed services will include food, retail, and leisure units, and will be Extra’s second site in the North West, after Blackburn with Darwen services on the M65.
Extra is estimating the proposals could create up to 300 construction jobs, along with between 200 and 250 full-time equivalent permanent jobs once the site is operational. It is also expected to generate around £1.2m per year in business rates.
The developer said the buildings had been designed to “echo surrounding agricultural buildings” in the area, which sits off Birchwood Way to the north of Junction 11.
Extra argued the proposals would improve road safety by meeting a gap in service provision along the motorway; under Government guidelines, service areas are required to be less than 30 minutes’ drive, and no more than 28 miles apart.
The two consultation events will be held at Croft Village Memorial Hall between 17:00 and 20:00 on Thursday 4 April; and at Gorse Covert Primary School between 11:00 and 15:00 on Saturday 6 April.
Andrew Long, chief executive of Extra MSA Group, said: “In addition to significantly improving road safety on the Motorway Network, this £50m-plus inward capital investment will also deliver new employment opportunities and a range of other important economic benefits for the locality.”
“We would like to invite members of the public to attend our consultation events and have their say on the proposals.”
The professional team includes Architecture 519, Spawforths, i-Transport, Wardell Armstrong, and Sanders Studios.