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Have your say on Sheffield woods plan

Members of the Woodland trust lead a protest at Smithy Wood where a changes are proposed by St Pauls Developments.

Members of the Woodland trust lead a protest at Smithy Wood where a changes are proposed by St Pauls Developments.

People have a new chance to comment on controversial proposals for a motorway service station on ancient woodland.

Already 4,000 people have objected to the plans for a £40m service station at Smithy Wood near Chapeltown.

Now Sheffield Council planning officers have changed the deadline for submissions to August 7 as applicant Extra Motorway Service Group has submitted amended documents.

The consultation previously closed in May.

Oliver Newham, senior campaigner from the Woodland Trust, said: “We’re pleased to see Sheffield Council taking the now very high profile case of Smithy Wood seriously by requesting further evidence from Extra MSA to support its planning application.

“It is only right that people wishing to comment should have more time to do so and anyone wishing to save this irreplaceable ancient woodland can submit their objection via our website, which has helped more than 4,000 people respond so far.”

Campaigners say the planned station on Cowley Hill, near junction 35 of the M1, would decimate the woodland which dates back to 1161.

It is home to many fungi, plants and wildlife species.

But the applicant says the service station is needed because drivers currently have to drive 42 miles without a break, which is contrary to national safety guidance.

A picnic in the woods this weekend will raise awareness of the campaign to stop plans.

It takes place near the Travellers Inn pub on Smithy Wood Road from 12.3opm.

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk or www.woodlandtrust.org.uk to comment on the planning application before the deadline.

 

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