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Club lodges stadium-and-homes plans

by Jim Dunton Tue 4 June 2013, 4:01 pm

Brentford Football Club has submitted formal proposals to develop a new 20,000-seat stadium and 910 homes at a site near Kew Bridge Station.

The proposals also include the provision of a new home for the League One side‘s Community Sports Trust and its Learning Zone at the 7.6 acre site at Lionel Road.

Brentford said the new masterplan had “incorporated changes” following a public exhibition earlier this year, including a reduction in apartment numbers from 980 to 910 and a reduction in the height of the proposed residential buildings.

According to the club, the height of the residential elements of the scheme, for which outline permission is being sought as part of a hybrid application, range from 33 metres to 61 metres.

Greg Dyke, Brentford’s outgoing chairman, said the plans were a “bold and exciting” way to improve on the club’s “obsolete” facilities at its current Griffin Park home.

“Brentford has been looking to move to a new stadium for 15 years,” he said.

“The site at Lionel Road was identified as the ideal location more than 10 years ago.

“After all the hard work, we are extremely proud to submit this bold and exciting planning application now.

“It is clear that the club cannot prosper in the obsolete facilities at Griffin Park.

“In the past few months we have twice sold–out to capacity crowds of over 12,000 and came within a whisker - a penalty kick and then a play-off final - of promotion to the Championship, where average crowds are over 17,000.

“In addition, the award-winning community work for which Brentford is known nationally will be able to expand at the new stadium.

“The proposals in this planning application will be good for the club, good for community sport and education and good for Brentford, the Borough of Hounslow and West London.”

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