Sedgemoor Services near Burnham-On-Sea unveils expansion plan
motorway service station near Burnham-On-Sea has unveiled proposals
to expand after seeing a surge in the number of visitors.
Services on the southbound M5 between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston
wants to introduce more space for shops and restaurant facilities
which could also create new jobs.
Roadchef Motorways Ltd has this week applied for full planning
permission to proceed with the extension and refurbishment of
its existing main building alongside associated work, including
the realignment of car parking spaces, changes to pedestrian areas,
and a new internal servicing road.
firm says: "The facility opened in 1986 and whilst it has
been subject to a number of relatively minor extensions over the
years, it appears largely as it did some 30 years ago."
contrast to these limited improvements, Department for Transport
traffic count data for the stretch of the M5 closest to the service
area shows that the annual average daily flow of all vehicles
has increased by some 12,700 per day or 25% in the 14 years between
2000 and 2014."
represents clear evidence that whilst daily consumer demand has
increased dramatically the quantitative offer of the motorway
service area's amenity building has remained largely the same."
drivers to take regular breaks is the Governments primary
objective for motorway service areas, but if a facility doesnt
meet modern consumer expectations they are unlikely to stop. This
increases the potential risk for accidents to take place on the
network. There is in principle therefore both a commercial and
a wider public safety justification for the improvements proposed."
plans will see the introduction of a single-storey extension to
the existing main building which will total some 1,437sqm.
The extension of floorspace will allow a combination of Class
A1 (retail) and Class A3 (restaurant) uses.
plans will also see a new pedestrian entrance as part of the extended
floorspace facing north-west, plus the re-alignment of existing
car parking spaces and the internal vehicle access route immediately
north of the main buildings customer entrance.
are being welcomed by Sedgemoor District Council on the application
- which has reference number 24/15/00027 - until the deadline
of October 6th.