Planners set to give backing for Catterick A1(M) junction services

An artist's impression of the proposed new services at Catterick.

Planners have been recommended to approve plans for a new service station at the Catterick A1(M) junction.

Richmondshire District Council’s planning department has advised the authority’s planning committee gives the go-ahead for the scheme when they meet next week.

Roadchef wants to build the services on land east of junction 52.

As well as shops, restaurants, toilets and a filling station, a 100-bed hotel and drive thru Costa and McDonald’s restaurants are proposed.

The development at Pallett Hill Farm would also feature charging points for electric vehicles, and an “amenity lake”.

Parking for 292 cars, with 15 disabled spaces, is proposed.

The company says there will be a £57 million initial investment which they say will contribute over £1 million per year to Richmondshire in business rates.

It adds that the development would create more than 300 permanent jobs, as well as numerous jobs during the construction phase.

The recommendation for approval comes despite objections from Moto, which runs the Scotch Corner, Leeming and Barton services.

The company has pointed out that the new service station would be within seven miles of its existing services.

Among those who have expressed support for the scheme is the Road Haulage Association saying it will address the needs of their drivers by providing secure HGV parking and facilities.

Their comments come amid concern about lorries parking in Colburn where there are limited facilities for them.

A report for councillors prepared by the planning department concludes: “This report has demonstrated that there is an identified need for a new MSA facility to serve road users of the A1(M) between Durham and the approved MSA services
at the Vale of York.

“Case law has established that considerable weight can be given in such instances to meeting this need because of the safety of users of the
strategic road network.

“An assessment has been made of alternative sites including those with extant and pending application for motorway service areas which assessed alternative sites concluding that there is not one site identified which was preferable.

“All the sites assessed had issues in terms of either technical, environmental, planning or delivery.

“There is not considered to be another proposal or site that would be preferable and realistically be able to meet this need.”

The application will be discussed next Tuesday.

To view the report for councillors, click here.

2 Comments

  1. Hopefully councillors will reject this application. There are currently services at Junction 51, Coneygarth as well as the existing services at Leeming Bar. There are services at Junction 53, Scotch Corner and limited services at Barton, junction 56. In addition there is accommodation at the Travel Lodge at Skeeby and Scotch Corner hotel. Do we really need another small service station at junction 52, Catterick interchange?
    What would perhaps be more beneficial would be dedicated facilities for the haulage industry and HGV drivers who need overnight parking and proper facilities to enable them to do this comfortably and affordably. This was clearly an issue raised recently, when it was identified there was national shortage of HGV drivers. Hopefully local planners will see the need to provide local services for the HGV drivers as part of a nationwide strategic plan to assist this industry. Scotch Corner on the A1M is a key junction on the national strategic road network, and once the A66 is fully upgraded across to the M6, facilities for the haulage industry will be even more important in the Richmondshire area.

  2. Yet another charge towards urbanisation and the creation of a long conurbation the wl sprawl across the entire length of the A1 near Catterick Village.

    Good to see that Catterick Parish Council has totally sold out to developers, despite local villagers and Carl Les, the local district councillor, being opposed to this aberration, that will increase crime, light pollution, fumes, noise and displace yet more wildlife in the area.

    Their commitment to COP26 is breath taking.

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