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Protest over proposed Sheffield motorway services

A protest is being staged against plans to build a motorway service station in Smithy Wood near Sheffield. But St Pauls Developments says it will create hundreds of jobs and 60 thousand new trees will be planted.

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Protest over development on ancient woodland

Protesters have taken their campaign against plans for a new service station to the door of the company that wants to build it next to junction 35 of the M1 in north Sheffield.

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If the plans go ahead it would mean the ancient Smithy Wood next to the M1 is bulldozed to make way for the new services.

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Campaigners say the woodland dates back over 800 years, is home to rare species, and could not be replaced by planting trees elsewhere. Today they hand delivered a letter to developers Extra MSA Group.

Where the service station would be built Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Oliver Newham, from the Woodland Trust, said: "If you chop it down it can't be recreated elsewhere its a unique habitat."

But Extra MSA Group say the £40 million pound service station is needed to give motorists the chance to rest in line with Government guidelines and would create around 300 new jobs.

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