Westmorland Ltd has been granted planning permission for a new ’eco-friendly’ motorway service station on the M5 in Gloucestershire.


Officials at Stroud District Council gave the £35m Gloucester Gateway project which will serve locally-sourced food and ban fast food outlets like MacDonald’s the thumbs up last month.


The site will be located between junctions 11a and 12 of the motorway near Brookthorpe. The development, expected to be completed in 2013, is a joint venture between Westmorland, which runs Tebay Services on the M6, and the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust (GGT) charity.


The building is due to be grass covered with a timber-clad interior and will also feature charging points for electric vehicles. Sarah Dunning, chief executive of Westmorland Ltd, said: "It gives us the opportunity to build on what we do at Tebay Services. Our approach in the motorway service area market is unique, and we believe we can bring more quality and innovation to it."