Service station looks to double in size

PUBLISHED: 14:02 11 September 2015


THE expansion of a motorway service station will reduce accidents and bring new jobs and more choice, it has been claimed.

Sedgemoor Services owner Roadchef has applied for 
planning permission to increase the station, between junctions 21 and 22 on the M5 southbound by almost double its current 
size, offering a variety of fresh food it states is currently lacking at the venue.

Roadchef promises a ‘variety of additional full and part-time employment opportunities’ would be created by the expansion, and says the annual flow of traffic past the service station has increased by a quarter since 2000, while the building itself ‘still appears largely as it did some 30 years ago’.

Daniel Brown, associate at How Planning which submitted the application, said: “There is clear evidence that while daily consumer demand has increased dramatically, the quantitative offer of the service station building has remained largely the same.”

The application is open for comments until October 6, and can be found online via the Sedgemoor Planning Portal through reference 24/15/00027.

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