Saltdean United Football Club stadium conversion approved

A football club was granted planning permission for a new grandstand, a clubhouse and an artificial turf pitch.

Councilors voted unanimously to approve Saltdean United Football Club’s planning application which aimed to improve facilities on the pitches at the upper end of Saltdean Vale.

The application approved yesterday afternoon will allow the club to build an artificial grass pitch instead of grass.

Brighton and Hove City Council Planning Committee was told that an artificial turf pitch would be less prone to flooding.

It would also reduce wear and tear on other grass pitches in the area as the club could use the artificial grass all the time.

A new clubhouse is planned

The planning application also included a two-storey clubhouse with changing rooms and storage on the ground floor and a function room, bar, toilets and social room on the first floor.

The club is expected to construct a new spectator stand on the west side of the pitch with covered seating for around 300 people and total seating for around 900 people. Parking spaces for 43 cars and 30 bicycles are planned.

Conservative councilwoman Carol Theobald said: “This is an excellent facility for both adults and children. It’s a good design. It’s also a big improvement over what’s out there now. I am pleased that they cater very well for disabled access and parking.”

Cllr Theobald added she was pleased the club had secured funding for the changes and wished them the best of luck.

Green Councilor Marianna Ebel said: “We need more sports facilities, good sports facilities. I like the design. It’s a positive application.

blankThe club has secured funding for the changes

The club said: “Everyone at the club is delighted to hear that our planning application has been approved today.

“A lot of hard work went into the planning – and this outcome will mean so much to our players, supporters and the local community.

“Our goal has always been to improve and upgrade our facilities while being sensitive to our surroundings.

“And now we look forward to delivering this world-class sports facility as we begin the next chapter at Saltdean United.

“Our thanks go to the volunteers and many advisors who have brought us to this point over the past two years.” Saltdean United Football Club stadium conversion approved

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