Brighton have been informed that a decision on their proposed new stadium at Falmer will be made by Secretary of State Ruth Kelly in the spring.
The club has received a letter from the Department of Communities and Local Government inviting further submissions concerning their planning application.
Only then will Ms Kelly decide whether to grant planning permission for the Falmer development.
"I'm pleased things are moving," Albion chief executive Martin Perry said.
"We said that before the Secretary of State makes her decision that she would invite all parties to make their comments.
"This is the opportunity for Lewes District Council to raise their concerns and as part of our response we will be dealing with their other points of claim.
"Let us hope that we can now make our final points and that once this process has been completed the matter can be resolved once and for all."
The original decision to grant permission, made by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in October 2005, was quashed in the High Court due to a clerical error raised by a challenge from the local council.