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S&P's Brighton ice rink facing more delays

S&P Architects' Olympic Ice Rink scheme in Brighton is facing yet more delays after it emerged the long-awaited planning application will not now be submitted until next year.

The developer behind the £70 million seafront scheme, Brighton International Arena, has admitted the proposals are not yet ready for submission to Brighton and Hove Council despite promises the plans would be lodged two months ago.

The latest setback follows previous pledges that the multi-purpose indoor events and iceskating arena on the town's Black Rock site would be open by next year.

However, a spokesman for the practice was adamant plans would be submitted in January and that the 'delays were only due to revisions being made to the scheme as a result of public and council consultation.'

Revisions to the Brighton Marina scheme have also been blamed for the arena's redesigns.

If the scheme is built it will provide a 7,500-seat arena which could be increased to an 11,000-seat capacity when the ice pad is covered over.

Among the scheme's backers are olympic champion skaters Jayne Torvill and Robin Cousins, who hope to set up an ice dance school in the centre.

by Richard Waite

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