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New consultation on M5 service station near Gloucester

Original image of Gloucester Gate Services
The plans were first submitted in September 2009

A new consultation has started on revised plans for a service station on the M5 just south of Gloucester.

The initial application by the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust (GGT) brought in more than 1,000 comments from the public.

Changes were made to take account of these comments and new plans submitted to Stroud District Council for the £30m scheme between junctions 11a and 12.

Consultation on the proposed station at Matson will run until 30 June.

Local produce

The original plans were submitted in September last year.

The service station, a joint venture between GGT and Cumbrian family-run business Westmorland Limited, would be unique in the UK as it would be part-operated by a charity.

Phil Skill, the council's head of planning, said the changes mostly concerned the turning circles for lorries using the services.

He said: "At the end of June we will be doing another collating of all the information exercise and looking at everything said ready for preparing a report for the development control committee, possibly in August maybe not until September."

GGT chief Mark Gale said last year that the station would create 300 jobs and bring money to the county.

Westmorland Limited operate Tebay motorway services, which has been voted the UK's best such facility by Egon Ronay and is noted for using local produce from Cumbria.

The proposed station's backers say it will also use local farm produce as well as selling local art and craft work.

A percentage of profits would be distributed by GGT to local voluntary groups.



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