Smithy Wood development bid enters third year

A final decision has again been postponed on a controversial bid to build a motorway service station on an ancient woodland site near Sheffield, which has attracted thousands of objections.


Sheffield City Council has said it will now decide in June whether to approve the new £46m Extra service station on the M1 at Smithy Wood to the north of the city.

The application, by Pegasus Group acting on behalf of Extra, was originally submitted in March 2014, with the council's planning committee expected to rule on it by October the same year.

Council representative Eleanor Ridge said further time was needed to deal with the "complex application".

Extra chief executive Andrew Long has said 60,000 trees would be planted to mitigate the loss of "low quality" ancient woods.

The Woodland Trust and the local Cowley Residents Action Group are among those opposing the development.

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