Together with councillors from neighbouring wards and planning committee members with Solihull Council I received on Friday a brochure from Applegreen who intend a proposal to build a new motorway service station adjacent to Junction 4 of the M42. We councillors have been invited to a briefing session they intend to hold next week in Solihull.
It is important to note this is only a proposal and my intention to bring this to attention of local residents is to evidence openness and transparency, as well as to negate any rumours. I have been given permission by Applegreen to share the brochure they have sent me and this is posted below.
It is also important to note that an existing planning application is being determined by Solihull Council already. This application was made last year and the application seeks a bigger motorway service area near to Junction 5. This application, number, PL/2015/51409/PPOL can be viewed via the council planning portal via this link:
http://publicaccess.solihull.gov.uk/online-applications/advancedSearchResults.do?action=firstPage and the application seeks ‘Outline application for a motorway service area, new motorway junction and access road from M42 including underpass beneath Solihull Road, demolition of the existing Solihull Road bridge across the M42 and its replacement with a new bridge and associated works (means of access for consideration).’ This application, by the EXTRA MSA GROUP, has yet to be determined and I presume decision time is quite close. I therefore suspect the proposal from Applegreen is intended to either offer a ‘smaller footprint and reduced environmental impact’ for consideration if there are doubts about their business competitors application.
No formal planning application has been made to date and I will update you when I receive more information, certainly following the meeting next Wednesday evening.