Brentford FC fans are celebrating today (February 18) after the Mayor of London gave the green light for a new stadium in Lionel Road.
Both fans and neighbours have been waiting on tenterhooks for Boris Johnson to make his decision today which could have meant either misery or joy for the football club which had its initial application approved by Hounslow Council in early December last year.
The stadium has become a battleground over the past month as several neighbours worried about the approved 11 surrounding tower blocks of seven to 17-storeys high have been campaigning the Mayor to reject the application in its current state.
Members of the Brentford Independent Association of Supporters (BIAS) launched a counterattack by delivering a petition with over 9,000 signatures to the Mayor's office yesterday (February 17) in a last ditch attempt to show support for the plans which will see a 20,000 capacity stadium being built in Lionel Road.
It must have worked because in the end it was victory for the fans as Mr Johnson eventually waved through the plans after two and a half months of waiting.
Edward Lister, the Deputy Mayor of London for policy and planning, said: “I am content for the Borough of Hounslow to determine this case themselves as the regenerative, economic and social benefits of the scheme to the local community outweigh any drawbacks.
"Brentford Football Club is an important part of the west London landscape and this scheme will provide them with a much needed new home that will also become a fantastic facility for the local community; alongside significant benefits including the construction of nearly 1,000 new homes and improvements to public transport.”