Many will have no doubt heard or read about Highways England preferred route announcement for Junction 6 of the M42. This area is in need of improvement and any increase in passenger number at the Airport, as well as the proposed development of Arden Cross and the HS2 Interchange means measures must be taken to reduce the impact on the junction and surrounding assets. The documents can be read here: m42-j6-preferred-route-announcement_web
Consequences: The fall out from this decision must surely include the withdrawal of the hold put on the Motorway Service Station planning applications by Highways England. I did post something about the application last year and more information can be found via this link: https://cllrkenhawkins.co.uk/2016/06/20/proposal-for-new-motorway-service-area/ . I suspect the existing applications for a service station near Junction 5 (Catherine de Barnes) and one at Junction 4 (at Stratford Rd) will now be ‘live’ and need to be determined.
The actual site is just outside the boundary of Blythe ward (it is within Dorridge and Hockley Heath) but it does have consequences for the ward if successful.
Since the proposals were first published planning permission for 1000 homes and further commercial activity on Blythe Valley Business Park has been approved. In addition, an existing application for further commercial development at Fore Business Park has yet to be determined. Further development along Stratford Road will include a care facility on the soon to be vacant Shirley Aquatics site and a proposal for a large Mercedes dealership.
I understand the need for a service station on the M40/M42 in and around Solihull but the proposals for one at Junction 4 would bring far too much pressure on the junction, the traffic island, Stratford Road, as well as the business parks at Blythe Valley and Fore Business Park. To be clear, a motorway service station at this location will undo the local and regional economic benefits accrued through existing and planned development in this area and must therefore fail.