Brighton & Hove Albion are asking the club's fans and local residents to show their support for their planning application for land at New Monks Farm.
The club has submitted plans for an exciting new £150 million regeneration development on land to the north of the club's training ground at Lancing.
The proposal includes 600 new homes, a school, community centre, country park for residents and a new IKEA store, which will create 430 jobs, with the entire development estimated to generate a total of 875 new jobs for the Adur area.
Albion executive director Martin Perry, who is heading up the New Monks Farm development, said, "If fans feel able we would really value their support for our plans, by taking the time to log on to the Adur District Council planning website and register their support.
“The plans are part of a wider major regeneration scheme in Lancing that is in line with the emerging Adur Local Plan - and bring a number of benefits to the local community.
"In addition to the significant employment generated through this development by IKEA, 600 homes for local families will be created, supported by a new primary school, a country park, and the replacing of the Sussex Pad traffic lights with a major new roundabout on the A27 that will improve the situation for commuters."
Fans can show their support by visiting 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.
Below are some key facts that can used in support of the application:
- The development would create 875 jobs
- It would generate £2.6 million per annum in public sector receipts for the Local Council at a time when Central Government Funding is being cut
- The economic impact on the region would be a total of £11.5 million Gross Value Added (GVA)
- The total investment in this project is £150 million locally
- Brighton & Hove Albion would be investing £42 million in local infrastructure including £6 million to safeguard the future of the airport
- The proposed country park would be the largest new park created in the area for 85 years
- It would be double the size of Buckingham Park and will increase the Public Open Space by 76%
- The development would open up access directly from Lancing to the South Downs National Park via walking and cycle routes
- Brighton & Hove Albion has fully investigated the flood risk in the area and have 62 monitors in place measuring the level and flow of ground and surface water
- With the proposed improvements to the watercourses and by providing a pumping station on the River Adur, the conditions in both Manor Close and sites south of the railway would be improved
- The development includes contributions to highway improvements on the A27 and the construction of a new junction allowing the Sussex Pad junction to be closed
- 74% of the traffic going to IKEA would approach from the east which is on the section of the A27 which flows freely
- In the AM morning peak the traffic generated by the development is less than proposed in Adur’s emerging local plan
- In the PM evening peak the increase in traffic generated by the development is less than 1%. To the west this means an increase of just 30 vehicles
- IKEA would create jobs at all levels within their organisation including management positions
- IKEA would create superb employment and career development opportunities
- The housing would include 30% (180) affordable homes including social rented homes and will take people from the Adur Housing lists
- Brighton & Hove Albion is to form a Management Company to ensure that the watercourses and country park are maintained to a very high standard in the future.
- We believe it is far better that the football club, with a proven track record of working in the local community, undertake this development rather than an anonymous developer who may not be part of the local community.
This is a huge investment by Brighton & Hove Albion. Please show your support by logging on and registering your support for this development.