At least two services have been proposed at the southern end of the M1.
A service station was proposed here in 1996 by Hallam Land Management. It was refused because the land is green belt, too close to M1 J8, too close to the M1 itself (at the time widening the road from three lanes to four lanes was only being discussed, and wouldn't be possible as the services' plans stood), too close to a settlement and interrupted too many rights of way.
The decision was appealed in 1997. The developer's argument was that the nearest service station to the south-west was almost 70 miles away, while services to the north were operating at full capacity. However, the appeal was rejected as more items of local history which would be impacted by the site were highlighted.
As is characteristic for their services, Extra wanted to build a service area at J9 of the M1, in the north-east quadrant. The plans were made in 1997, appealed in 1999 and were rejected because the junction would have needed a large-scale upgrade.
It's thought that a service station very close to here was proposed when the M1 had not-long been built, but Toddington was used instead.