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Brighton and Hove Albion rethink training ground plans
D-Day for Brighton and Hove Albion’s £23 million training ground has been put back after the club went back to the drawing board with its plans.
Club officials said they had made the decision after listening to views from those living near the New Monks Farm site off Marsh Barn Lane in Lancing.
Among neighbours’ concerns are noise pollution, access to the site and the impact of extra traffic would have on nearby roads.
A decision on the proposal, which the Championship side sees as key to readying it for the Premier League, will now be made by Adur District Council in September rather than May.
Chief executive Martin Perry said the issue reminded him some aspects of creating the club’s American Express Community Stadium.
Mr Perry said: “The situation is that when we submitted the planning application we took it to local groups, including to Lancing Parish Council, and local residents made a number of comments about the scheme.
“We have responded to the questions and queries which is normal for the planning process.
“We have had a series of meetings with the council to address a series of issues.
It’s a complex deal with a number of parties involved. It’s not just a planning matter.
“But while the stadium took ten years this so far has taken ten months.”
Under the original plans, there would be 11 training pitches, two of which were floodlit and a Y-shaped two-storey buildings for changing rooms.
Offices, medical facilities, a gym, catering and a security lodge would also be provided as well as a half-sized indoor training football pitch.
It would include a 303-space car park with room for a coach and about 30 bicycles.
Access would be along a two-way road which would pass through a neighbouring estate.
Revised plans are expected to be submitted in the coming weeks.
Once submitted there will be a 28-day consultation process.
Amanda Jones, the chairwoman of the Marsh Barn Community Group, said: “We’re waiting with baited breath to see what the revised plans will be.
“I’m not anti-Albion, I’m not anti-football. I know we’re probably going to be neighbours. We just want our views to be heard and we hope we can work together.”
Mr Perry said he hoped the plans would be considered at the council’s planning committee meeting in September.