The London Borough of Hounslow’s (LBH) planning committee meeting has approved planning amendments submitted for Brentford Community Stadium.
The amendments were submitted to LBH in September 2017 by Lionel Road Developments and Kew Bridge Gate Developments on behalf of English Championship soccer team Brentford FC and its development partner Be Living, and comprise changes to the stadium design and the Central Eastern and Central Southern residential sites.
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.
“This decision by Hounslow Council is a great early Christmas present for fans,” says Cliff Crown, chairman of Brentford FC. “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.”
“Securing Hounslow Council’s support for the planning amendments takes us a step closer to delivering the Brentford Community Stadium development,” adds Matthew Townend, managing director at Be Living. “We’re all very excited to be part of creating a vibrant new community that hopefully acts as a catalyst for positive regeneration in the local area.”