Albion training ground stand plans to be debated

A 500-seater stand at Brighton and Hove Albion's training ground could be approved on Monday, despite residents' concerns.

Wednesday, 6th April 2016, 1:34 pm
Updated Wednesday, 6th April 2016, 1:41 pm
The Brighton and Hove Albion training ground, in Lancing SUS-160604-112020001

The planned facility, in Mash Barn Lane, Lancing, will host Under-21 Premier League games and is required to ensure the club retains its top academy status.

But residents, as well as Lancing Parish Council, have lodged objections on the grounds of noise disturbance, effect on privacy and increased traffic.

Adur District Council officers have recommended the plans for approval.

A report by planning officer Peter Barnett read: “The training ground is a busy facility at times and there are fears that the introduction of a 500-seat stand for spectators will further intensify activity and noise to the detriment of residential amenity.

“However, any noise disturbance will be short-term and without an objection from the environmental health officer, an objection on noise grounds is not considered to be sustainable.”

Under new guidelines, under-21 Premier League games must be played on grass, with covered seating for 500 people .

Albion previously played such games at Sussex FA headquarters in Culver Road, but the facility now has a synthetic pitch.

Without a suitable facility, the club’s academy status would be downgraded.

Albion director Martin Perry said the impact on residents will be ‘minimal’, with similar matches already played at the training ground.

He said there was no other suitable venue, given the requirements set by the Premier League.

He added: “It is also very important to consider that the ambiance and atmosphere is completely different at an under-21 game compared to those first-team matches played at the Amex.

“For the supporters, the matches don’t carry the same importance as a first-team game, and the under-21 games are much more serene and sedate affairs.

“Any noise impact would be minimal, and unnoticeable.”

The plans will be debated by the council’s planning committee at the Shoreham Centre, in Pond Road, Shoreham, from 7pm.