Basingstoke MP Maria Miller has lodged a further objection to the planning application for a new Motorway Service Area at Junction 6 of the M3.
A further period of public consultation has followed the submission by the applicant, Moto, of additional information including a package of highways information. Comments must reach Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council by 20 May 2020.
Maria said: “I have consistently made clear my strong objection to this major planning application and have registered this with the local planning authority at every opportunity. The applicants have added information about how they would address the issues of traffic and road safety, but it is clear that, if this off-motorway service station were to go ahead, it would inevitably mean significantly increased traffic leaving and joining Junction 6, which carries with it the risk of congestion and potential safety concerns.”
“Thousands of Basingstoke residents signed the petition objecting to this proposal (and a further one for a service area near junction 7 of the M3). This commercial proposal was not called for in our Local Plan, and is not necessary given the proximity of other service areas at Fleet and Winchester.”