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Judge rejects A1(M) service station challenge
A JUDGE has rejected a legal challenge to the Secretary of State's decision to grant planning permission for a new motorway service station beside the A1.
A rival company objected to a ruling by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles which approved an upgrade to Leeming Bar Services, near Bedale.
The scheme would see the existing facilities redeveloped into a motorway service station.
However, the challenge was this week rejected by Mr Justice Lindblom.
Carl Les, owner of Leeming Bar Services, said he was “delighted” at the ruling.
“We're not out of the woods yet as they could still appeal, but if this is the final decision it secures the future of Leeming Bar Services as a service area on the A1(M).
“It's the fruition of a dream I've had personally for the last 30 years.”
Mr Les added that if their was no appeal, he would begin looking at how to implement the planning consent already granted for the site.
“It's cost us £500,000 to get to this point so we are going to need to talk to funders.
"It could be a bank, property investors or another operator which may want to come in with us.”
The High Court ruling is the latest development in a saga which has been ongoing for more than four years.
The Government announced last year that Leeming Bar Services was the winning scheme after a public inquiry was held to look at the different options.
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