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Brentford FC stadium plans get green light

by Jim Dunton Fri 6 December 2013, 8:52 am

Plans for a new 20,000 seat football stadium for Brentford FC, surrounded by 12 tower blocks containing 910 new homes, have been approved by Hounslow Council.

A marathon four-hour session of the council’s planning committee gave its backing to the proposals for the 4.7ha site at Lionel Road South after representations from the club, residents groups, and questions from councillors.

Brentford FC submitted the proposals, which also include a hotel, community facilities, and improved access to Kew Bridge Station, in June.

The club, which is currently based at Griffin Park, around one mile west of the new site, said the development would bring a great deal of new business and job and training opportunities for local people.

As Great West Magazine reported in March, the club bought the Lionel Road South site from housebuilder Barratt Homes last year

Chairman Cliff Crown said the plans were a “once in a generation chance to create a vibrant new stadium” that added to the current “buzz” around Brentford.

"The support we have received from many sections of the local community and our fans throughout this process has endorsed our belief in the need for this change,” he said.

"Brentford is on the up as a destination, with new homes, retail, sports and leisure facilities which bring new jobs to the area.

"Brentford Football Club will be returning close to where it was founded in 1889.

"We are proud of our history at Griffin Park, where we have always been a good neighbour.

"In planning for our new home, we look forward to working with residents and businesses as well as our new neighbours in Chiswick and Kew, and together we can all seek to make the most of the new opportunities for the benefit of everyone."

Councillor Steve Curran, Hounslow’s cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration, said the scheme would not only provide a new home for the club, but help regenerate a “neglected” brownfield site.

“There were a number of valid objections to the proposals, but on balance, the committee decided there were sufficient checks and safeguards in the plans that these were outweighed by the benefits,” he said.

Due to the scale of the scheme, the plans will now be referred to London Mayor Boris Johnson and the secretary of state for communities and local government for scrutiny.

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