Sussex CCC today confirmed that a revised application has been submitted to the Brighton and Hove City Council Planning Department to modify the plans for the new South West Stand which is due for construction in the forthcoming winter.
The revised plan reduces the stand from 2,400 seats to 1,700 and includes all the promised supporter amenities of a new Reception and Club Shop, improved toilet facilities, and additional food and beverage outlets. The new plan will also see the current Wilbury office block remain rather than be incorporated in to the larger version of the Stand
Speaking this morning, Chief Executive Dave Brooks commented : "Over the summer, we have been continuing to challenge our master plan to ensure it remains the most appropriate development of The County Ground and very best value for money. During those discussions, it became apparent that integrating the offices into the footprint of the South West stand did not meet those expectations and a better solution could be delivered by modifying the planning application granted in late 2009.
"This is a very exciting time for the Club as this winter's activity will complete the ground development project which has been around for nearly 20 years now ! With phase 1, containing the new hospitality facilities, floodlights and services at the North end being so well received we are able to tackle the second much larger winter's activity with confidence, enthusiasm and gusto. We are most definitely on the right tracks and once the building works are completed Sussex CCC will have a genuine claim to having the best County cricket ground in the Country, and one which will enable the Club to continue to invest in all levels of cricket within the County to offer the very best opportunity for continued on-field success."