Fight to save woods

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A campaign to prevent developers from building motorway services on ancient woodland in Sheffield is gathering momentum.

Rebecca Taylor, Liberal Democrat Member of European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber, has backed residents fighting the plans for Smithy Wood, near Chapeltown.

She met local people and took a tour of the proposed site, near to Junction 35 of the M1.

Rebecca said “I believe it is important to protect the environment and am worried about the potential loss of wildlife habitat.

“There are also a number of practical concerns in relation to this proposal, not least the increase in traffic using this junction.

“Some local residents also question the need for these new motorway services, given that Woodall and Woolley Edge services are so close by.”

Public consultation from developers Extra Motorway Services has now ended and a formal planning application is expected to be submitted to Sheffield Council in the coming weeks.