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Museum for Brighton & Hove Albion's new ground

13:58 18 March 2011

Brighton & Hove Council has approved changes to the Albion's new stadium at Falmer that will give it more space for a museum...

Falmer stadium will now feature a club museum, after councillors allowed Brighton & Hove Albion to alter details of the building.

The club had applied to change parts of the North Stand originally approved in 2008. This part of the stadium was to have included the club shop, offices, accommodation for City College and an energy centre.

But the club has sought consent for around 2000 sq m of additional space on two new mezzanine floors.

Changes would provide a club museum with archaeological artefacts found during construction. There will also be an enlarged club shop and coffee shop, bigger club offices and more storage.

Councillors on the citys planning committee today (Wednesday, September 22) approved the application.

The museum would operate on match days and for tours or school visits. The coffee shop would open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, serving visitors, or staff on match days.

The energy store plan became unviable following the loss of City College as a tenant.

Planning committee chairman Cllr Lynda Hyde said: This application makes no detrimental difference to the stadiums impact or appearance, yet it does add interest and enhance its viability. We also estimate it would create 20 more jobs. So I feel most objective people would feel were right to support it.

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