Bees buzz for stadium move
by Natalie Vincent Tue 2 January 2018, 11:47 am
Work is expected to start on a new stadium at Lionel Park for Championship football team Brentford – known locally as the Bees – in February after the council approved amendments to the club's plan on 7 December.
Updated proposals for Brentford Community Stadium were submitted to the council in September by Lionel Road Developments and Kew Bridge Gate Developments on behalf of Brentford Football Club and its development partner Be Living, comprising changes to the stadium design and two connecting residential sites.
The complex will be situated next to Kew Bridge underground station, less than a mile from the club's current ground, Griffin Park.
Speaking to GetWestLondon, Brentford chief executive Mark Devlin praised the council's decision: "We're very grateful to the councillors tonight for approving the scheme and the raft of specialists that have worked hard with the club as well as Conor Hayes [chairman of Lionel Road Developments], and the rest of the team in getting the scheme to where we are now.
"Our exciting future pretty much starts now."
Hayes shared the sentiments: "We are delighted that the council has resolved to approve these last planning amendments that greatly improve the robustness and quality of the stadium and the enabling residential development.
"We now look forward to getting on with the job of delivering this exciting project."