Third and final approval was granted yesterday for the Brentford FC project. This means The Bees are the second London-based club to get a new stadium after Arsenal.
This decision was long-anticipated by club officials. In December the Hounslow Council planners gave their green light for the Lionel Road Stadium. Then in February further approval was granted by the Mayor’s Office. Final word was that of Secretary of State.
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning Nick Bowles has now rubber-stamped the scheme. With ‘three yeses’ the project may now begin.
“As we said this week at the annual international property event MIPIM, Brentford is on the up as a destination, with new homes, retail, sports and leisure facilities which bring new jobs and vibrancy to the area.”
Real estate developer Willmott Dixon’s development arm Regen has teamed up with the club to realise its plan to move from its current Griffin Park ground to a modern stadium at nearby Lionel Road South. With a 20,000-seat capacity the stadium will have a unique shape, forced by the unusual plot shape.
Willmott Dixon will build new homes in 11 tower blocks of seven to 17-storeys surrounding the Lionel Road South brownfield site.