Albion apply for planning permission for car parking

Posted On 06 Apr 2011 at 6:44 pm

Brighton and Hove Albion are submitting two planning applications for car parking at the Falmer stadium site.

The club had intended to use the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy site but cannot do so until the building work there is completed.

The first application is to allow 650 cars to be parked on match days in a small field next to the railway line in the west corner of the site.

Access will be via the traffic light junction and then around the perimeter of the bus and coach park.

The field is owned by the Bennett family who used to live in Falmer village.

The second application is for car parking for 500 cars on non match days on the bus and coach interchange where all the prefab huts currently stand.

The aim is to cater for people attending hospitality events at the stadium.

The planning applications are expected to be submitted to Lewes District Council in the next few weeks.

The club intends to write to every home in the village about its plans.

A newsletter from Falmer Parish Council said that, with the stadium due to be completed at the end of May, villagers could expect five or six events in July.

About 2,000 people are expected at each event which will test the workings of the stadium.

The first football match takes place on 16 July when about 10,000 fans are expected to watch the Sussex Senior Cup final.

The parish council said that about 17,000 fans are expected to attend a friendly on Saturday 30 July with the first league match taking place on Saturday 6 August.

The fixture list for next season is due out on 6 June.

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