A decision over a controversial plan to build a £57m motorway service area at the Catterick junction of the A1(M) has been postponed until September.
Richmondshire District Council said further information had been submitted at the last minute which needed to be examined, just hours before a planning meeting to consider Roadchef’s plan to build across farm fields and a designated nature conservation site.
The delay follows more than three years of talks between the motorway services operator and the council over the development the firm claims will create 227 full-time jobs.
The proposals include 8,912sq metres of restaurant and cafe floorspace, a 100-bedroom hotel, two drive-thru cafes, a fuel filling station, HGV overnight parking and a 24-hour two-storey amenity building.
While the scheme has received support from some for its economic impact, it has also drawn objections over its environmental consequences.