BRENTFORD'S LIONEL ROAD STADIUM CLOSER TO REALITY

Brentford's fans are celebrating today after the Greater London Assembly approved their new stadium proposals.

The initial application for a new 20,000-seater stadium in Lionel Road was approved by Hounslow Council in December 2013, but has been a battelground over the past couple of months.

Several neighbours expressed concern about the 11 surrounding tower blocks, which will be up to 17-storeys high, and have been campaigning for the Mayor of London to reject the application in its current state.

However, members of the Brentford Independent Assocaition of Supporters delivered a petition with over 9,000 signatures yesterday.

Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor of London for Policy and Planning, said: "I am content for the Borough of Hounslow to determine this case themselves as the regenerative, economic and social benefits of the scheme to the local community outweigh any drawbacks."

The plans will now be inspected by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles.

Brentford have played at their current home of Griffin Park for 110 years.

Posted on 18/02/2014