A service area was planned in the south-western quadrant of J1 by Extra. It was rejected as it would have contravened the council's policy and would have involved building on green belt land. However, Extra said there was a need for a new service area in this region, and there was no other suitable site, having just had another application for a service area at J20 of the M1 refused. They also argued that the services could relieve pressure on the lay-bys along the A426, but the Warwickshire County Council said that they hadn't taken this into account in their traffic forecasts.
Extra said that if the plans were refused they'd go to appeal anyway as all of their successful applications were won on appeal. As part of the plans the J1 roundabout would have been widened and lit.
250 jobs would have been created by the plans. There would have been parking for 380 cars, 10 caravans, 18 coaches and 60 lorries, with the potential to expand it further.