Brentford will realise plans for a new stadium in January when contractor Buckingham begins construction. This follows the London Borough of Hounslow (LBH) Planning Committee meeting on 7th December when Councillors resolved to approve planning amendments submitted for Brentford Community Stadium.
The amendments were submitted to LBH in September 2017 by Lionel Road Developments Ltd and Kew Bridge Gate Developments LLP on behalf of Brentford Football Club and its development partner Be Living Ltd and comprise changes to the stadium design and the Central Eastern and Central Southern residential sites.
Stadium design changes
The stadium design adjustments focus on operational efficiency with upgrades to the broadcast, lighting and media facilities to meet modern Premier League football and Premiership rugby standards. There are also refinements to the number and mix of seats, together with changes aimed at de-risking the construction process by making the stadium more compact and increasing accessibility with the insertion of a new road along the northern perimeter of the site.
The entrance to the stadium has also been enhanced to include a public square with commercial outlets while the Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust offices are now to be located in purpose-built facilities alongside the stadium.
The first phase of the residential element of the scheme has been redesigned to fit better within the local context and the 487 new homes are a mixture of apartments to rent and buy designed to meet the housing needs of the local area.
Brentford FC and Be will now proceed to discharge a number of outstanding planning conditions and seek agreement to any revisions needed to the Section 106 Agreement outlining their obligations to LBH for this development. The GLA has indicated that the scale of the amendments proposed are such that the Mayor of London will not need to review this decision.
Cliff Crown, Chairman of Brentford FC, commented:
This decision by Hounslow Council is a great early Christmas present for fans. We now hope to be in a position to begin stadium construction in February 2018, following completion of a revised agreement with LBH on our obligations and will share more details with fans on the stadium build phase early in the New Year.