The formal planning application for a Motorway Service Station on green belt land in the Meriden Gap between Solihull Road and the M42 was submitted to SMBC some months ago however a decision was deferred by Highways England pending further work on the highways issues. Those in the village who have successfully fought this proposal on 2 previous occasions will no doubt be dismayed to see it raising it’s head again. The plan is for Solihull Road to be raised on a new motorway bridge and it is said that there will be no access for vehicles from the Solihull Road. There are other reviews taking place to increase capacity on the M42 for the HS2 station and new Resort World which might result in widening of the Motorway or creation of a new junction and the new bridges would have to cater for additional lanes on the motorway. The Parish Council responded to the initial application. Click here to read our response Click here to read our response … and have recently submitted a further response to revised plans which refuted all our points of objection.