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Brighton and Hove News » Football club plans artificial pitch and new stand – but not everyone is a fan

A football club wants a new stand, clubhouse and artificial pitch – but not everyone is a fan of the plans.

Saltdean United Football Club wants additional seating and parking as well as new fencing on the Saltdean Vale playing fields.

The existing grandstand would be replaced by a two-storey pavilion. It would have changing rooms and stores on the ground floor and a reception hall, bar, toilets and social room on the first floor.

A new grandstand is planned on the west side of the ground with a capacity of around 300 people and seating for around 900 people in all. Plans call for parking for 43 cars and 30 bicycles.

Since the planning application was submitted to Brighton and Hove City Council, it has attracted 77 letters of support and 18 objections.

A report to the council’s planning committee supports the project despite opponents’ concerns about traffic, more parking problems and overdevelopment in a semi-rural location.

One opponent, details of which have been redacted on the council’s website, said: ‘The plans will involve expansion which, together with cars and the expected increased use of the location, will further impede wider public access.

“The proposed dual parking areas and informal parking areas will all have the potential to disrupt or block access to the bridleway.

“The new two-storey pavilion will require the removal of existing mature trees from a rural setting that is already deficient in such flora. Any depletion of existing cover and impact on the wider ecology cannot be allowed.

Another opponent, whose details have also been redacted, said: “As a resident very close to the football ground, we already have problems with the large number of cars parking around this area when matches are in progress. course and people park in our driveway.

“While I support the local community, unless they intend to build a proper car park which can facilitate this development, I oppose this proposal.”

Proponents welcomed the introduction of community facilities and disabled parking and praised the design.

Saltdean United director of women’s football Joe McTiffen said it was exciting for the club, adding: “As a club we have achieved so much already, but we still have a long way to go.

“These facilities will allow for a better offer for all women’s and women’s teams, but will also give us the opportunity to add other teams at a younger age.”

Club secretary Kate Brown said the bid was a “legacy project” to create sports facilities and community space for the entire community.

She said: “During the winter we have teams training at various venues all over Brighton. If we could get a scheduling agreement, our teams could all train at the same location throughout the week, in Saltdean.

“Securing planning permission will be a major step forward for the club, benefiting our men’s, women’s and youth teams as well as our foot football members. It would also open up the facility to wider community groups.

A decision is expected next week. The council planning committee is due to meet at 12.30pm on Wednesday October 5 at Hove Town Hall. The meeting should be broadcast on the board’s website.