Wait goes on for Brentford Football Club stadium decision

Decision pending: Eric Pickles

Decision pending: Eric Pickles

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Bees fans will have to wait even longer to find out the fate of their football club’s future as a decision on their proposed stadium has been delayed for a second time.

Eric Pickles was due to consider plans for Brentford’s new stadium in Lionel Road South, near Kew Bridge, and issue a statement by February 28, but the decision has been postponed.

The secretary of state for communities and local government was referred the plans for the 20,000-capacity stadium due to an objection from English Heritage, who said the stadium would encroach on views from Kew Gardens.

A new date for the decision has not yet been set.

Last month Boris Johnson rubber stamped Hounslow Council’s approval of planning permission for the stadium and outline permission for its enabling development.

Campaigners have argued against the plans and said the development, which could include three tower blocks of up to 17 storeys and 910 flats, a hotel and retail units, was too big and would be an eyesore.

Chairman of the Strand on the Green Association Robert Colvill said west London, which is already an air pollution black spot, was at risk of becoming a health disaster.

He said: “The proposed huge tower blocks planned for the Lionel Road development at Brentford will have a terrible effect.

“The scheme proposed is squashed between some of the busiest roads in the country where pollution levels are already at unsafe levels.”

Brian Burgess, director of Lionel Road Developments Limited, said the club were doing a good thing by transforming the existing waste transfer site into a community stadium.

He said: “This will reduce the generation of dust and particle emissions directly and, by taking out of the local area the circa 120 to 150 heavy lorries that currently service the site each working day, we will reduce the associated exhaust emissions.

“The way we are designing the building services plant, the stadium and transport travel plans as part of the development proposals will also minimise any impact on nearby homes.”

Sale of outline planning permission for the residential complex to an external developer will provide the funds to pay for the stadium, which will cost £71m.

If it goes ahead the stadium is set to be completed by 2016, while the residential development will be finished by 2023.

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