Albion ready to submit planning applications in Brighton and Hove and Adur

Posted On 15 Dec 2011 at 9:47 pm

Brighton and Hove Albion chief executive Martin Perry today said that the football club’s two planning applications were completed and ready to submit.

They are for the club’s new training ground near Shoreham Airport and 8000 more seats at the American Express Community Stadium at Falmer.

The plans will be submitted to Adur District Council and Brighton and Hove City Council respectively.

The applications are expected to be registered by the two councils shortly after Christmas or early in the new year.

Before then the club said that it would begin briefing and consulting all interested parties.

Mr Perry said: “Council officers at Brighton and Hove City Council and Adur District Council will begin checking over the applications shortly, with the aim to register them after Christmas, early in the New Year.

“It is important we brief the various stakeholders, such as the universities, councils, local residents groups, Safety Advisory Group, the National Association of Disabled Supporters and BODS, before we go into detail publicly, but we will be able to update our supporters, nearby residents and the general public with further information in early 2012.

“We intend to make this information available via the local media, via our various media and offer the public the opportunity to come and view plans at the Amex.

“We are looking at the possibility of taking a roadshow to Lancing with regard to the training ground application.”

Mr Perry said that he was also confident that continuing discussions between the club and council over land at the Falmer academy site would be fully resolved early in the new year.

The club and council were, he said, already entering into a legal agreement to commence the surveys necessary to start work on the site.

A joint statement issued by the council and the club said: “The council remains committed to helping the Albion to increase the Amex Stadium capacity by 8,000, realise its ambition to bring Premiership football to the city, increase the number of jobs and training opportunities at the stadium and continue with its hugely valuable community work across the city and elsewhere.

“At the same time we recognise the council has a duty to realise the best value for the site.”

Mr Perry said: “We have undertaken to finance an independent travel study of the transport needs for the stadium which will be presented to the council in February.

“The club has also committed to contribute to the annual running costs of the temporary community centre (The Bridge) through Albion in the Community.

“A long-term solution for the site is vital for the club and we are committed to working with all parties to ensure everybody’s needs are met.

“But the agreement allows us to begin work on a temporary solution while we consider the various long-term options for the site.”

Mr Perry also said that the club and council would liaise with local residents about the possibility of a match-day controlled parking zone in the Coldean and Moulsecoomb area to dissuade Albion supporters from parking there.

He added: “Our fans can really help us by not parking in Coldean and Moulsecoomb and instead using one of the sustainable methods of transport to the club.

“We must consider all of those local residents and respect their neighbourhoods.”

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