For those of us who drive, one of the most important things on a long journey is the ability to stop and take a break. It’s important for so many reasons, from comfort to safety.
When we heard recently about a proposal to build a new motorway service area just to the north of Sheffield, we thought ‘not a problem, this is something drivers need’.
Unfortunately when we saw the plans in more detail we were not so impressed. The proposal is to build the service area in the middle of Smithy Wood, an ancient wood which has existed for hundreds of years. Up to 20 acres (at least 8 ha) of the wood would be lost.
We are now discussing our concerns and opposition with the developer. We are also taking part in what is called a pre-application consultation. This is something that is running until the 16th of September and is where the developer looks for public comment on their plans, before deciding whether to put in an official planning application.
This is also where you come in!
The pre-application consultation is open to the public; you can find more on their website here. We have also set up a petition urging them not to build in ancient woodland and to consider alternative sites. One alternative could be a large brownfield site right next door to Smithy Wood that they even already own.
So if you would like to sign our petition to help Save Smithy Wood, that would be great! For those that would like to comment further on the proposal, you can do so as part of the developer’s consultation.
We’ll keep you up to date about this as things develop and thank you again for your continued support.
Oliver Newham, Senior Campaigner: Ancient woodland