Brentford Football Club in UK gets approval for £70m stadium

16 March 2014 (Last Updated March 16th, 2014 18:30)

Brentford Football Club has secured approval to construct a new £70m, 20,000-seat stadium at Lionel Road South in London.

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Brentford Football Club has secured approval to construct a new £70m, 20,000-seat stadium at Lionel Road South in London.

The project will transform an industrial brownfield site to create the stadium, 910 new homes, a hotel and supporting retail spaces.

Following the regeneration, Brentford FC will move from its current Griffin Park stadium, where it has been based since 1904, to the new facility at Lionel Road South.

The club has already secured approvals from Hounslow Council and Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Brentford Football Club said its application was referred to the Secretary of State's office after English Heritage objected to the plans, due to the perceived impact of the proposals on nearby heritage assets.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning, Nick Boles, has confirmed the decision of Hounslow Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA) to grant planning permission for the project.

Commenting on the Planning Minister's decision, Brentford FC chairman Cliff Crown said that confirmation of the decision of the GLA and Hounslow Council is great news.

"Our vision of an exciting new hub at this brownfield site has taken another major step forward," Crown said.

"Although there is still work to be done, we are delighted to have received the support from the Minister and his department and are looking forward to moving the project forward."

Earlier this year, Brentford Football Club selected Willmott Dixon as its development partner for the project.

The stadium is scheduled to be completed ahead of the 2016 to 2017 football season.


Image: Brentford Football Club's scheme includes a 20,000-seat stadium, 910 new homes and a hotel. Photo: courtesy of Brentford Football Club.