Brentford Football Club must wait on stadium decision

Brentford Football Club must wait on stadium decision

Plans: There is opposition and support for the stadium development

Plans: There is opposition and support for the stadium development

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Brentford fans’ long wait just got slightly longer, after the Mayor of London’s decision on the club’s new stadium plans came and went.

The football club had hoped Boris Johnson would decide whether to call in the project for further scrutiny on January 29, but no date was set due to the number of objections received.

An objection from English Heritage means that Eric Pickles will also need to cast his eyes over the plans before the green light is given.

Permission for the 20,000-capacity stadium was granted by Hounslow Council in December and outline approval was given for three blocks of flats surrounding the stadium.

Nearby residents’ associations met London Assembly members this week to put pressure on the Mayor to call-in the plans for scrutiny.

The Kew Society’s planning trustee Martin Taylor said: “The Kew Society is clear that it is the 910 tower block flats and 160 bed hotel which will cause traffic gridlock on the South Circular, Chiswick roundabout and Kew Bridge as well as damage to Kew Gardens, heritage buildings and conservation areas.

“A well-designed stadium by itself might not create these problems.”

Billy Grant from Beesotted.co.uk fanzine said: “The battle has only been half won.

“Naturally the opposition have their concerns but all of these were firmly rebutted when they presented them at the Hounslow Council meeting.

“That should have been game-set-match but we have to go through it all again now and convince Boris how important a state-of-the-art community development is to Brentford.

“By signing the petition, fans and their friends and family will reinforce the desire for there to be an active and vibrant hub within the Brentford community - building on the reputation set by one that has been there for over 100 years.”

Conservative London Assembly member Councillor Tony Arbour said he had made representations to the Mayor on the basis the development would affect people living nearby.

He said: “The bottom line is I have always believed the enabling development is far too large and as far as I can see it is a housing development and the people who are going to benefit is the developers rather than Brentford football fans.”

Willmott Dixon, one of the UK’s largest construction and regeneration companies, will be development partner for the project, which will cost £71m in total.

Sale of outline planning permission for the residential development will provide the cash to pay for the stadium.

A date has not been set for the Mayor’s decision but it is hope to be at some point next week.

The club urged fans to support the stadium development by emailing the Mayor’s office at mayor@london.gov.uk and signing their online petition by visiting bit.ly/lionelroad.

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