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“Major milestone” in kickstarting Brentford stadium project

by Marco Cillario Tue 13 September 2016, 12:12 pm

Plans for Brentford Football Club’s new 20,000-seat stadium and hundreds of homes on Lionel Road moved one step forward as the council acquired the land for the project.

A Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) was completed on 1 September 2016, with the council taking freehold possession of the land comprising the stadium site and the surrounding area. It includes Lionel Road South, the Capital Court site, currently occupied by disused office blocks, and a piece of land formerly owned by the Duffy Group.

Brentford FC has then taken control of these sites though lease agreements and will take freehold possession of them when the development is complete.

Plans include 910 homes to be built around the new stadium. ‘The Bees’ will relocate from Griffin Park in Braemar Road, the club’s home ground since 1904, where 75 family houses will be built and a memorial garden will celebrate the history of the football team.

Detailed planning permission for the stadium and the first 648 properties was given in December 2015.

Brendon Walsh, executive director of regeneration, economic development and environment, said that the completion of the CPO was a “major milestone” in the project, adding: “This development will help secure the future of the football club in the borough and spur wider regeneration in the area.”

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