The long awaited Community Stadium at Falmer, which took a decade to receive final planning consent has to resubmit a planning application because a variety of factors mean the original plans no longer comply with new regulations.
Changes in legislation including disability access regulations require increased space to allow for circulation of people within the stadium, which has forced a re-design but the footprint of the facility and the crowd capacity remains unchanged.
Because there is no change of use from the original consent it is highly unlikely to be called in by the Secretary of State – an event which led to over a year of delays in 2006.
The new application is expected to be heard at the end of this year and in the meantime work can start under the existing consent to widen the approach road the site. A preferred contractor is expected to be announced shortly.
Delays have increased the cost of the stadium by about £10m to a total of £60m as the cost of raw materials has risen. Once completed the facility is expected to generate about £13m p.a. for the local economy.
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