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Albion want more pitches on land designated for homes
Brighton and Hove Albion wants to add three more pitches to its new state-of-the-art training ground to keep the grass up to scratch.
The club has submitted a planning application to Adur District Council for the extra full-size pitches at the club’s proposed £22 million Lancing training facility.
Club director Martin Perry said the additional pitches would cost about £1.5 million extra and would reduce the wear and tear on the other pitches.
The new pitches, including one grass and two all-weather 3G surfaces, with one set aside with priority for community use, will add to the 11 already included in the original plans.
The pitches would go on a piece of land owned by golf course firm New Monks Farm Development which the club has the option to buy if planning permission is granted.
The additional pitches would be completed along with the rest of the training ground in time for pre-season training in 2014.
Mr Perry said: “When we purchased the land from Adur District Council, it wasn’t quite big enough for the number of pitches that we need.
“This allows us a greater rotation of use for the pitches and allows for less wear and tear.”
Ann Bridges, the leader of Lancing Parish Council, said: “The land is designated for up to 600 homes in the Adur Plan and people don’t want to see those homes being built – they would rather see pitches.
“I was told by Martin Perry that one of the pitches would be for community use and I think most young people would be delighted to use a pitch adjacent to the Albion pitches.”
Work on developing an access road from the worksite along Mash Barn Lane is continuing and it is hoped that work on the training ground will begin in early April.
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