North West Square | Early March for £75m appeal at Warrington service station

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The project could provide an annual £8million boost to the local economy. Credit: Studio Sanders

Dan Whelan

Warrington Council voted to refuse plans by Extra MSA to redevelop a 38-acre greenbelt site off Junction 11 of the M62 last year.

A planning inspector will now decide whether to allow Extra MSA’s appeal or uphold council’s decision to reject the plans. A 16-day investigation will begin on March 23.

Plans for the £75million service station included a 100-bedroom hotel, service station, food court and 536-space car park.

Extra MSA argues that Warrington was wrong to refuse the scheme, noting that the council’s planning officer had recommended the application for approval.

The officer said the benefits of the project outweighed the potential damage to the green belt, adding that there was a need for a gas station in the area.

The distance between Birch Services and Switch Island is 40 miles, while it is 35 miles from Charnock Richard Services.

The recommended distance between gas stations is 28 miles, according to government policy.

Additionally, Extra MSA claims that the program could generate a net additional GVA of over £8m a year at Warrington.

Shoosmiths acts on behalf of Extra MSA.

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