Leeds City Council has given the green light to a £50m project to build new motorway services on the M1.
Councillors granted outline planning permission for Extra MSA Group’s Leeds Skelton Lake Services on the north-south motorway.
The services will be situated at junction 45 of the M1 in Leeds, between existing service areas at M62 Hartshead Moor, M1 Woolley Edge and A1M Wetherby in Yorkshire.
Skelton Lake Services will be located on the edge of Leeds’ Enterprise Zone, and it is hoped the investment will create as many as 700 new jobs throughout its construction and operation.
Work is expected to start on site in Q3 this year, with the development fully completed and operational by autumn 2018.
The services will include a visitor centre and viewing space over Skelton Lake, with surrounding public realm and access also set to be improved.
Facilities at the services will include a 100-bed hotel, business centre, petrol station, food court and facilities building.
The scheme was backed by 75 per cent of local residents who responded to a public consultation, while the project also won the support of local MPs Alec Shelbrook and Richard Burgon.
Extra MSA Group chief executive Andrew Long said he hoped the project could change perceptions of how motorway services can “support motorway users, local communities and a wider regional economy”.
He added: “Our £50m investment will not only address the road safety deficiencies on this section of the motorway network, it will create new jobs for local people as well as delivering a range of significant economic, social and environmental benefits for the wider Leeds City Region.”