Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club has announced plans to expand its stadium and build new training facilities.

The npower Championship club wants to develop a new training ground at New Monks Farm and add an extra 8,000 seats at the Amex Stadium. The venue only opened in July last year and currently has a capacity of 22,500.

Club chief executive Martin Perry told BBC News: "If we are going to make a challenge on the Premier League we definitely need a 30,000 capacity stadium but more importantly we need first class training facilities and an academy to develop young talent."

The planned training facility includes four full-sized and one three-quarter-sized pitch plus changing and treatment rooms. Brighton also want to build a new car park on the on the site of the old Falmer High School.

The club said it hopes the applications for both projects will be complete by May 2012.

Posted on 05/01/2012