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FUEL UP: Plans for new motorway service station near Chalfont St Peter

 Published on: 14th July 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Plans have been submitted for a new service station on the M25 near Chalfont St Peter.

The motorway service area could be built between Junctions 16 and 17 and, if approved, would include a facilities building, electric vehicle charging points, fuel filling stations, and other amenities, as well as alterations to the road to provide access.

Plans were originally put forward by Extra for the nearby Warren Farm site, which prompted a campaign from Chalfont St Peter Parish Council (CSPPC) and village residents. The application was refused by both Buckinghamshire Council and the Planning Inspectorate in November 2021.

CSPPC and Denham Parish Council have announced their opposition to Extra’s new application.

In a consultation letter, CSPPC concluded: “The development is wholly unjustified on the grounds that the development proposal does not constitute ‘very special circumstances’ to warrant strategic inappropriate development in the green belt.”

However, the application has been deemed acceptable by Buckinghamshire Highways and the Environment Agency, provided certain conditions are met.

A spokesperson for Extra MSA said: “Our proposal for a new motorway services area between Junctions 16 and 17 is responding to a critical safety need for a new services area on this section of the M25. At present on this part of the motorway network, there are currently gaps between services of more than 40 miles, well beyond the safety limits set by the Department of Transport. With support from a number of key stakeholders, we are hopeful of a positive outcome for this critical piece of infrastructure at next month’s Planning Committee.”

Buckinghamshire Council declined to comment.

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