Sir Edward Lister has today confirmed the decision, on behalf of the Mayor Boris Johnson of the Hounslow Council Planning Committee to grant planning permission for the club’s planning application for the new Community Stadium at Lionel Road.
The Club can now start the process of building the stadium at Lionel Road subject to referral to the Secretary of State and subject to the conclusion of a Section 106 Agreement. The Deputy Mayor carefully reviewed the information provided to him by the Greater London Authority Officers, Hounslow Council and various representations sent to him by supporters and opponents of the scheme including a 9,000 strong petition launched by BIAS in the last month.
He assessed the potential impact of the proposals on transport and the views from nearby heritage assets, alongside other issues. Importantly the Deputy Mayor recognised the wide ranging benefits these proposals would bring to Hounslow and London. This major development will transform an unsightly, industrial, brownfield site to provide a community stadium together with new homes, public transport improvements and enhancements to the public realm. The development will bring a great deal of new business and job and training opportunities for local people.
Commenting on the Deputy Mayor’s decision, the Chairman of Brentford FC, Cliff Crown said:
“Sir Edward Lister’s decision is great news. Our vision of an exciting new hub at this brownfield site has taken another major step forward. We would like to express appreciation to the Deputy Mayor and the GLA Officers for their support of our plans.”
“We firmly believe this is a once in a generation chance to create a vibrant new stadium that will add to the buzz that is going on around Brentford. 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.”
“Brentford Football Club will be returning close to where it was founded in 1889. We are proud of our history at Griffin Park, where we have always been a good neighbour. In planning for our new home, we look forward to building a positive relationship with local residents and businesses and our new neighbours in Chiswick and Kew. By working together we believe we can make the most of the new opportunities for the benefit of everyone.”
“We are aware the Secretary of State can still call this matter in and review it. We sincerely hope he will feel confident in the extensive work done by Hounslow and the GLA and decide he has no need to do this.”