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Brentford FC given new stadium approval

Brentford FC given new stadium approval
Brentford FC have been the green light to build a new stadium at Lionel Road.

London Borough of Hounslow councillors approved the plans which will see the creation of a 20,000 capacity stadium and the creation of 910 homes on the site. The proposals were given the go-ahead by the authority's planning committee at a meeting last four and a half hours. There was an attendance of 525 people at the discussions with a further 3,769 watching via a live webcast.

The move will bring an end to Brentford's stay at Griffin Park which has been the League One club's home since 1904. The board of directors believe that a move away from the 12,300-capacity ground and into a modern stadium will help to generate more revenue for the club. It would also mean that their home is up to the standards set out by the Football League, should they gain promotion to the Championship.

While the relocation represents a significant step forward for Brentford, for some purists it marks the end of truly traditional grounds. Griffin Park, like many other stadiums of its ilk, has its own quirks and is famously known as the only football ground in the English leagues which has a pub on each corner.

The new stadium will have a community use, which was highlighted as being integral when the plans were originally put forward. Following London Borough of Hounslow council's approval, the project, due to its sheer size, will now be referred to the government which will give it the final green light.

Councillor Steve Curran, cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration at the council, said: “I’m pleased to see this scheme approved as it will not only provide a new home for the club, but help regenerate a neglected brownfield site.

“There were a number of valid objections to the proposals, but on balance, the committee decided there were sufficient checks and safeguards in the plans that these were outweighed by the benefits."

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Date: 18/12/2013 16:15:00

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