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steve020
05-10-2006, 01:47 PM
Brighton & Hove Albion's lengthy battle to build a new stadium has been given a lift.

The League One club have long held plans to construct a 23,000-seater stadium in the Falmer area of the city as they look to move from their current Withdean Stadium base.

But Lewes District Council have been opposed to the project and the matter was due to go to the High Court earlier this week.

The council's legal challenge has now been dropped, however, putting Brighton in a stronger position with regards to the stadium.

The matter will now be decided by Secretary of State Ruth Kelly with Seagulls chief executive Martin Perry happy with the latest development.

"I'm very pleased that at last this matter has been resolved," Perry told the club's official website.

"Lewes District Council knew they were at risk for costs and it was because of the pressure applied by the club that we now move on."

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott had originally approved Brighton's application 12 months ago, but a clerical error ruined the proposal.