Brighton and Hove Albion granted permission to expand Amex Stadium

Brighton and Hove Albion granted permission to expand Amex StadiumBrighton and Hove Albion have managed to secure permission from Brighton and Hove City Council to install over 8000 extra seats at the Amex Stadium. The club was also granted permission to build a large temporary car park to serve the ground and both of the planning applications were granted this afternoon – April 25, 2012.

The development of the stadium will increase its capacity by 8,250 from 22,500 to 30,750.

Crucial to expanding the ground was a separate application to turn land from the former Falmer High School into car parking. Councillors granted permission for four years, subject to a number of conditions aimed at reducing the impact of vehicles and minimising disturbance to neighbours.

Another condition for the developments is that the club is required to build a replacement for the nearby Bridge Community Centre, which has to be opened before the car park is constructed.

A condition of installing more seats would be a requirement for the Albion to provide a residents’ parking scheme on match and event days. This would aim to prevent current problems caused by fans’ cars being left on streets in Coldean and Moulsecoomb. The club has also agreed to improve the capacity of Platform 1 at Falmer station to handle the initial crowds that the extra stadium capacity would bring.

Chair of the planning committee Cllr Phelim MacCafferty said: “This is a triple win for the city. The club get their seats, the community centre is replaced and nearby residents get their streets back.

“We’re keen to help the football club and we’ve been creative in ensuring local people are looked after as well.”

Only drivers with pre-paid parking tickets will be able to use the car park. It will be available for a limit of 50 matches or events a year. Hours of use are restricted to between 7am and 11.30pm.

A maximum of 680 cars will be allowed. Drivers will be forbidden to use Lucraft Road for access, instead entering via a tunnel from the A270.

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