The date for making the decision on M5 Service Station in Bridgwater has been set. This comes as a time when many residents have complained that the development is unwanted and unnecessary.
The plans for the proposed development were submitted in January 2019 by JLL on behalf of S Notaro Land Ltd.
The proposed service station will be spread over three floors, and it will sit on an 85 acres piece of land in North Petherton, Bridgwater.
If the project is implemented, motorists should expect to see toilets, cafes, seating areas, restaurants, and a car park with 8 motorbike spaces, 17 disabled spaces, and 324 parking bays.
The station will feature an ascending path that will wrap around the building leading to the garden at the rooftop. There will also be a garden in and around the station where motorists can walk their dogs or stretch their legs.
Bridgwater authorities believe that project is distinctive and unique from other motorway service areas. However, the residents have maintained that the project is unnecessary and therefore, unwanted.
Locals have questioned the logic of building the service station near Bridgwater Services station. Others have questioned the environmental impact of the project, the impact on the listed buildings, and the sustainability of jobs at the station.
The application has to go through the development committee of the Sedgemoor District Council for approval. The committee will vote on the application on Tuesday, August 4. If they vote yes, the controversial project will be implemented right away regardless of the public outcry.
However, the residents have appealed to the committee to vote down the application due to public demand. However, it is not clear whether the committee will consider the opinions of the residents when voting.