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Brentford FC wins planning permission for new stadium

Hounslow Council's planning committee has given a green light to Brentford Football Club to build a 20,000 capacity stadium together with 910 flats

How Brentford's new stadium might look
How Brentford's new stadium might look

Brentford FC was given the green light tonight by Hounslow Council to relocate to Lionel Road.

A packed out meeting of Hounslow Council's planning committee on Thursday (December 5), with an audience of 525 supporters and objectors, waded through four and a half hours of comments and questions to come to the conclusion that the Lionel Road site should be given the go-ahead.

The football club and its attached sports trust will now proceed with plans for a 20,000 capacity stadium.

Brentford FC also received outline permission to build 11 surrounding tower blocks of seven to 17-storeys with 910 flats and a hotel. The details will be approved at a later date.


 

The club trumpeted its popular and successful Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust as evidence it is a family club which helps the community, especially children in the area.

There was much emphasis placed on the club not being able to survive without the new stadium and the subsequent tower blocks which will help fund the project.

Objectors were worried about the absolute lack of affordable housing, transport and environmental impacts, especially on neighbouring World Heritage site, Kew Gardens.

There was much concern over density and height, with residents saying the tower blocks will overshadow and entirely change the character of the area.

Hounslow's planning officer however said the positives outweighed the negatives and recommended approval of the plans.

Chairman of the club, Cliff Crown said: "I'm absolutely delighted with the result tonight, the best win this season."

The plans still have to be approved, rejected or sent back to the council by the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State before building can start.

 

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