London: Brentford a step closer to Lionel Road stadium
source: GetWestLondon.co.uk; author: michał
Brentford's compulsory purchase order for the final piece of land for their new Lionel Road site has been approved by the government. Report by GetWestLondon.co.uk.
Greg Clark MP, secretary of state for communities and local government, approved the request for the land which includes the Capital Court site as well as other land which complete the purchase of the Lionel Road development site.
This completes a significant step in the club's ambitions to move into a new stadium. Brentford chairman Cliff Crown said: “Achieving the approval for the Compulsory Purchase Order is another step forward in our development plans.
“I’d like to thank all parties involved in getting us to this stage, with special thanks to the London Borough of Hounslow who led the process.
“This approval marks the start of further important legal steps that the Club and the London Borough of Hounslow now need to follow. [...] We look forward to being able to make further progress over the coming months.”
The Bees were first granted planning permission by Hounslow Council in December 2013, with the mayor approving it in February and government approving it in March 2014. However, a public inquiry was needed for the remaining pieces of land, which has now gone in the club's favour. Brentford hope to move into Lionel Road in 2018.