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300 JOBS could be created by a £50m development is built in the Aire Valley.

A planning application is being prepared for a business centre, hotel and filling station as part of a motorway service area (MSA) at junction 45 of the M1, in south-east Leeds by Temple Newsam.

The development, provisionally called Leeds Skelton Lake Services, is at the gateway to the Aire Valley Enterprise Zone. If approved, it is scheduled to be open by autumn 2017 and would create 400 jobs for the construction phase.

Andrew Long, chief executive of Extra MSA Group, the company behind the plans, said: “This is a unique opportunity to facilitate and complement the adjacent new housing proposals for East Leeds, as well as supporting the development of the Aire Valley Enterprise Zone and the overall objectives of the Aire Valley Area Action Plan.”

He believes the facility would also fit within Highways England requirement for motorway service areas to be less than 30 minutes drive time apart. Existing MSAs are at M62 Hartshead Moor, M1 Woolley Edge, M62/A1M Ferrybridge and A1M Wetherby.

Leeds Skelton Lake Services would also include food and retail outlets and a new Visitor Centre and improved access for Skelton Lake.

Extra MSA Group is currently in consultation with Leeds City Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership, among others, for the preparation of its proposed planning application in Spring next year.

A team of locally based Consultants and Advisors has been appointed by Extra MSA Group to work on the project, including Leeds-based Architecture519, Spawforths, i-Transport LLP, Arup and DWF Solicitors.

Architecture519 have been working closely with Extra MSA group to develop and deliver a new concept for motorway service areas across the UK.

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