Councillors of the London Borough of Hounslow (LBH) have approved planning amendments submitted by Lionel Road Developments and Kew Bridge Gate Developments for Brentford Community Stadium.
The amendments, submitted to LBH in September 2017 on behalf of Brentford Football Club and its development partner Be Living, include changes to the stadium design and the Central Eastern and Central Southern residential sites.
The stadium design adjustments are aimed at bringing operational efficiency. These changes will involve upgrades to the broadcast, lighting and media facilities to meet the standards of Premier League football and Premiership rugby.
The number and mix of seats will also be improved, the stadium will be made more compact and a new road will be constructed along the northern perimeter of the site to increase accessibility.
The entrance to the stadium has also been improved to include a public square with commercial outlets, and the Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust offices will be housed in purpose-built facilities alongside the stadium.
The 487 new homes in the redesigned first phase of the residential element of the scheme will be a mix of apartments to rent and buy.
Brentford FC chairman Cliff Crown said: “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.”
Be Living managing director Matthew Townend said: “Securing Hounslow Council’s support for the planning amendments takes us a step closer to delivering the Brentford Community Stadium development.”
Lionel Road Developments chairman Conor Hayes said: “We are delighted that the Council has resolved to approve these last planning amendments that greatly improve the robustness and quality of the stadium and the enabling residential development.”