New plans for the J16 & J17 M25 service station proposed

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New plans for a motorway service have been formulated after a previous application was rejected.

Extra’s new proposal hopes to build services at a new interchange on the M25 between Junction 16 and Junction 17, next to the HS2 Chiltern Tunnel.

It comes after previous plans west of the M25 at Warren Farm were rejected by a government agency in November last year.

According to the planning statement, the new facilities will be placed east of the highway and would be “considerably less harmful” than the previous proposal.

READ MORE: Projects for a new service station on M25 rejected

Facilities would include a food court and ancillary shops, a business center and lounge with a range of meeting rooms, toilets and showers, staff areas and a service station of up to 480m².

There would be up to 759 spaces for light vehicles including 38 disabled, up to 38 spaces for staff, 142 spaces for heavy goods vehicles, 19 for coaches, 23 for caravans, 23 for motorbikes and 120 charging stations for VE.

It is currently in the early stages of consultation, and Extra has launched a dedicated website to help assess opinions before a planning application is formally submitted.

Extra says it has “considered and considered” the objections made earlier and argues that a freeway service area is needed there, despite the proximity to Beaconsfield.

It says that if there is a discrepancy of more than 28 miles or 30 minutes in travel time between services, then there is a “need” for a new area according to government policy.

A screenshot of the planning statement

On the website, Extra wrote: ‘On this part of the motorway network (west and north of Greater London) there are 14 routes where the distance between existing MSAs exceeds 28 miles. Some of these gaps are significant; 9 of them being over 40 miles, including 2 gaps of 60 miles or more.

Moto’s plans for a service station on the A41 near Junction 20 for Kings Langley were also rejected by Three Rivers District Council last June after attracting more than 1,600 public objections.

READ MORE: The M25 Moto service station project refused by the town hall

Although the deadline has passed to share your thoughts on the new proposals, you can read more about the proposed development here: https://www.chilternchalfontservices.co.uk/

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