The proposal for a new motorway service station near to Abbots Langley has received nearly 1,300 objections since it was submitted to Three Rivers District Council in April.
The plans if accepted, will see the new Motorway Service Area (MSA) which will compromise of an amenity building which will include a range of new shops, an 80 bedroom lodge, a drive-thru coffee unit, a fuel filling station with retail shop, 885 parking spaces and a new £60million roundabout to be built on the A41.
Communities in the surrounding areas of the MSA are concerned about the impact this will have on their lives.
Fears of traffic congestion, pollution and loss of greenbelt are just some of the driving arguments of residents that are against the plans.
Ian and Geraldine Moore, who live in Hemel Hempstead got in contact with MyLocalNews and believe the development will have an impact on the wildlife in the area.
They said: “We are very concerned about this development which will be on green belt land, therefore destroying the wildlife in the area. There has been a lot of talk recently about how important wildlife is for human wellbeing.”
The pair believe that it is “definitely not the correct place to build a motorway service station” and are worried about the impact it will have on pollution in the area.
They added: “All the extra waiting time for traffic will cause a tail back into Kings Langley causing a great deal of pollution in and around the area.”
MP for Hemel Hempstead, Sir Mike Penning has publicly objected to the plans.
He said: “I totally support my residents, businesses, parish council, borough councillors and county councillors in their objections of the proposed service station if built on this site.”
Moto Hospitality Ltd have requested that the name on the ownership on the planning application be changed to Moto Hospitality Ltd and The Cayzer Will Trust. This adds a further 30 days onto the consultation for residents to comment.