Albion training ground application approved by Adur District Council

PLANS for Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club to build a training ground and football academy in Lancing have been approved.

The planning application, which was first submitted in February and has since been amended, was approved last night (Monday, October 1) at a meeting of the planning committee of Adur District Council at the Civic Centre, in Ham Road, Shoreham.

The meeting, which was packed with people supporting and opposing the proposals, heard from Albion chief executive Martin Perry, who pleaded for the planning committee not to let the “opportunity slip through your fingers”.

After the committee voted unanimously in favour of the application, Mr Perry said he was “absolutely delighted” and was looking forward to “becoming part of the Adur community”.

Amanda Jones, chairman of Mash Barn Community Group, said she still had concerns about the development but acknowledged some of them had been met by the club and council planning officers.

In a statement, the group said: “Whilst we have lost the fight against Brighton & Hove’s training ground development going ahead, we are extremely pleased that the planning department and the Albion have taken on board many of our concerns and have addressed a number of them.

“Adur council currently still owns the land, therefore this part of the process is still to be negotiated and agreed so whilst planning has been given the green light, it’s still not a certainty.”

For a full report, read the Worthing Herald and Lancing Herald on Thursday, October 4.