Brentford FC have received the go-ahead to proceed with the development of the new 20,000 capacity Community Stadium at Lionel Road.
Yesterday (13th March 2014), Nick Boles, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning confirmed the decision of Hounslow Council Planning Committee and the Greater London Authority (GLA) to grant planning permission for the Football Club’s planning application.
The application was referred to the Secretary of State’s office after English Heritage objected to the application. After carefully reviewing the information provided to him by his case officers, the GLA, Hounslow Council, as well as various representations sent to him by supporters, including the BIAS petition which was signed by over 9,700 supporters, the Planning Minister confirmed the decision.
Commenting on the Planning Minister’s decision, Brentford FC Chairman, Cliff Crown said:
“Nick Boles’ 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. We would like to express appreciation to the Minister and his case officers for their support and recognising the significant benefits this development will bring.”
“As a result of the decisions made by local, regional and national public bodies, 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 on our positive relationship with local residents and businesses and also 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.”
“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”.