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Willand

Willand:

Road: M5 between J27 and J28
Location: Verbeer Manor, Willand, Cullompton
Date planned: 1970s, 1998
Grid reference: ST030095

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Willand services was a plan to build a service station next to the M5. When the M5 was extended to Exeter, a search of the Willand area was requested in order to find a reserve site suitable for camping and picnic facilities, like Exeter.

This search identified two: Velhay and Willand. The latter was described as a "fairly level site of grass land in a slight saucer shaped depression"

It was confirmed as a proposal in 1978, after Exeter and Taunton Deane had struggled to cope during the previous summer.

The proposals were withdrawn in 1999 and Cullompton was built privately instead, although it is only signed northbound.

The site is now occupied by Diggerland.