In 2010, Stroud District Council determined to approve a detailed planning application for a new motorway service area (MSA) to be known as Gloucestershire Gateway Services and located between junctions 11A and 12 of the M5 Motorway.
Pegasus Planning and Landscape Design were appointed to oversee the landscape design led planning application through from beginning to end.
Due to the site being set within a sensitive landscape environment, neighbouring the Cotswolds AONB, Pegasus Landscape Design guided the design of the scheme from the outset to ensure that the proposals would have minimal impact on the surrounding landscape. The MSA has been designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent.
Following a previous appeal dismissal of an outline application submitted by Roadchef in the early 1990s on the same site, Gloucestershire Gateway Services is believed to be the first application for a MSA to have received Officer support and subsequent positive planning committee resolution in the country since denationalisation.
The applicants, Westmorland Limited (operators of the award winning Tebay MSA in Cumbria) and Gloucester Gateway Trust (a charitable organisation), are committed to benefiting and regenerating the local area through food and employment sourcing initiatives, which were embedded within the planning application.
The proposal was endorsed by the South West Design Review Panel on behalf of CABE:
“We support this scheme confident that its major benefits far outweigh the minor intrusion it would make. It would set a new standard for MSAs and probably win national recognition as a model.”