Campaign against motorway services plans29/12/2019
The Woodland Trust has stepped up its campaign against plans for a motorway service area near Sheffield that would destroy irreplaceable ancient woodland.
The charity argues that Extra Motorway Services’ application to develop a site alongside the M1 at junction 35 near Sheffield is no longer needed as a nearby alternative service area for Applegreen has been approved at junction 33 near Rotherham.
If it went ahead, the Sheffield application would see four hectares of Smithy Wood destroyed to make way for over 3,000m2 of retail park, an 80-bed hotel and over 500 parking spaces.
Smithy Wood, with its 850 year history, is home to a variety of special wildlife including ancient woodland flowers, birds, mammals, invertebrates, fungi and butterflies. It is well-loved by the local communities of Chapeltown and Ecclesfield who have strongly campaigned for it to be protected. It has been under threat from development for the past six years.