Brighton & Hove Albion have submitted a planning application for the development of New Monks Farm, and are responding to residents’ comments regarding potential flooding on the proposed site.
This is the second in a series of pieces providing more detail following the first one relating to transport. Further statements regarding affordable homes, quality of jobs and regeneration benefits, will also be published on the club’s website in the coming weeks.
The club has been in regular consultation with the Environment Agency, Adur District Council and West Sussex County Council as part of the planning consultation process.
Three sources of potential flooding have been identified and these are: fluvial or tidal, groundwater and surface water.
The risk of fluvial and tidal flooding will be eliminated once the Environment Agency has constructed a new tidal wall along the west bank of the River Adur.
The club has installed 62 groundwater and surface water recorders so that the club can monitor exactly the level and flow of the ground and surface water across the site.
These monitors were installed last year and the data is continuously being analysed. During the winter, when there is usually more rainfall, the water is drained together with the run off from the Manor Close area across the Lancing Ditches to a southern outfall near the Dogs Trust in Shoreham.
There is a second outfall alongside the River Adur on the Airport site but both of these are tide locked for six hours every tide cycle, preventing discharge of ground water during periods of high tide.
The plan is to enlarge the existing draining system and create a new watercourse to the north of the New Monks Farm site which will lead to a new pumping station on the River Adur which will mean that the ground and surface water can be discharged continuously.
This new northern watercourse will also carry:
- All groundwater and surface water from the Manor Way catchment area and the adjacent section of the A27
- The restricted surface water discharge from IKEA and the school sites
This creates substantial capacity within the Lancing Ditches to carry the surface water from the new residential development and will mean that the hydraulic conditions will improve for both Manor Close and the residential area to the south of the railway.
Once these improvements works are completed, a management company will be formed to carry out the regular maintenance of the watercourses and the new country park.
The club and IKEA will be the two major shareholders of this new company. Both organisations have a vested interest in ensuring that the maintenance is carried out regularly and properly. Securing the long term maintenance of the drainage is one of the major advantages of the club carrying out this development.
Albion fans and local Adur and Lancing residents can show their support for the club's planning application at New Monks Farm. If you feel able we would really value your support by taking the time to log on to the Adur District Council planning website and registering your support.
Simply visit the planning section of Adur District Council's website. Then click on 'View Planning Applications' and in the box headed 'Enter key word, reference number, postcode or address’ enter: AWDM/0961/17.
For more information on how to show your support please click here.