Brentford FC Granted CPO on Lionel Road 'Ransom Strip'
Acquisition of Capital Court site one of last obstacles to stadium development
A possible obstacle to the Brentford stadium development on Lionel Road has been removed due to the granting of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for land not owned by the club in the vicinity of the scheme.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government; Greg Clark MP approved the order for them to acquire the Capital Court site, currently occupied by a disused and derelict office block, together with other small parcels of land that will complete the 11.7 acre development site.
Commenting on the decision, the Chairman of Brentford FC, Cliff Crown, said, “Achieving the approval for the Compulsory Purchase Order is another step forward in our development plans. I’d like to thank all parties involved in getting us to this stage, with special thanks to the London Borough of Hounslow who led the process.
“This approval marks the start of further important legal steps that the Club and the London Borough of Hounslow now need to follow. We look forward to being able to make further progress over the coming months.”
A public inquiry was held into the grant of the order at which local residents’ groups made submissions against the plan which will lead to the building of 910 flats in the area as well as a new stadium.
The CPO is needed because First Industrial (FIL) refused to sell their Capital Court site on Capital Interchange Way. The site has been empty for a number of years and Brentford FC argued that First Industrial are simply holding on to their land for a higher price, despite protracted negotiations between FIL and BFC. The club claimed that the scheme would not be viable without the Capital Court site.
April 7, 2016