Secretary of State Hazel Blears has backed a plan to build the new community stadium at Falmer against the opposition of Lewes District Council and Falmer Parish Council. As reported earlier it will be among the most environmentally sustainable buildings of its type in the UK.
The Stadium has had a tortuous passage through the planning process The Falmer site was identified in 1999 and, after securing local planning consent the decision was referred to the Deputy Prime Minister – John Prescott - in October 2005 who gave the all-clear to start work on the stadium.
Brighton & Hove Albion Chief Executive Martin Perry posted the following on the club's official website: "This is fantastic news for the club. It's something many of us have worked tirelessly towards for the last eight years - but it isn't green for go just yet.
"We've already had one false dawn; as our supporters already know all too well we have been here before.
"We will have to wait until early September to see whether the decision is challenged by our opponents. Let's hope that doesn't happen, as it will mean further delays.
"I hope Lewes District Council and Falmer Parish Council will now work with the club to ensure that the stadium is built and operates in a way which minimises disruption and maximises both the social and economic benefits for Lewes as well as the rest of Sussex."
The Stadium is anticipated to bring £13m p.a. into the local economy.
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