A consultation for the new motorway service station at J20 Kings Langley is now open after planning application from Moto has been submitted to Three Rivers.
The plans if accepted, will see a major development of the green belt land on the western section of the M25 to facilitate an amenity building and a range of new shops.
Alongside the amenity building, the plans propose for an 80 bedroom lodge, drive-thru Costa Coffee shop, fuel filling station and 885 parking spaces to accommodate cars, motorcycles, disabled parking and busses and heavy goods vehicles.
The plans would be an £80million investment in the local economy and would create 200 jobs for locals.
Alongside the major plans, extensive landscaping would take place and the creation of a new 60m roundabout on the A41 would have to be built.
The two lane roundabout was included in the proposal along with the provision for two new bus stops on the A41 to provide alternate travel to the site for staff.
Moto Hospitality Limited say there is a “clear need” for a new Motorway Service Area (MSA) to improve safety and welfare for the motorway users.
With the planning application consultation closing on May 14, 2019, Kings Langley & District Residents’ Association are urging the community to have their say.
Chair of KL&DRA, Gary Ansell, believes the proposals will add to the already congested J20, increase levels of pollution in the village and will be visually intrusive.
He said: “J20 is already congested at peak times and adding a MSA just off the junction has the potential to cause massive traffic congestion through Kings Langley and surrounding areas.
“The site will generate increased levels of pollution from diesel fumes and introduce noise issues.
“There is a particular concern about the effect of increased exposure to diesel fumes on the health of children and numerous studies have revealed that these issues can cause more serious, longer-term damage to school-age children.
“It will swallow up a swathe of green belt that helps separate Kings Langley from Hunton Bridge, with a visually intrusive development which will have a significant impact on the openness of the green belt.”
However 40 per cent of existing MSAs in England are in the green belt and often have to be sited on the land due to the lack of alternative options.
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Picture courtesy of Moto Kings Langley services