Date set for Smithy Woods village green inquiry

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An inquiry into a bid from residents to create a village green at Smithy Woods, Chapeltown, is now set to take place next March.

The decision notice to hold it then also pointed out that the village green bid would not delay a separate hearing on plans to build a motorway service station.

Thousands of people have objected to the controversial plans, at Junction 35 of the M1, from developer Extra Motorway Services.

It says the station is needed and will create jobs in the area.

The Woodland Trust, which has been involved in the campaign, has also reacted to the news that Extra want to build another motorway station on ancient woods in Solihull in the West Midlands.

“This second lot of proposals, added to those we’re already fighting by Extra at Smithy Wood, Sheffield, are completely unacceptable”, said Nikki Williams, head of campaigning.