Rotherham Council has approved plans for a new Welcome Break service station to serve the M1 at Catcliffe, with the 24-hour facility hosting a dedicated gaming area.
Petrol forecourt retailer Applegreen plc was initially approved by the authority’s planning board in 2019, with updated construction proposals given the green light on 4 November.
“The 32,000 sq ft main building will be made up of a retail area, toilets, gaming area, and concession units on the ground floor, with a business lounge and conference rooms on a mezzanine floor,” reported The Examiner.
“In total there will be 460 car parking spaces, 76 HGV parking spaces, 16 parking spaces for coaches, 14 parking spaces for cars towing caravans and 15 motorcycle parking spaces.”
The site – located just off Junction 33 – will also include a petrol station, service area and drive through Starbucks cafe, creating 300 new jobs in total.
The application received two letters of support amid opposition from local ward councillors on the basis of noise and air pollution, however the planning board noted “the consideration of this application is not to reopen any of the above arguments relating to the principle of the development and highway impact.”
“The only matters for consideration are the appearance and scale of the building and the layout and landscaping of the site.”