|Deputy Mayor Gives Green Light to Brentford Stadium|
Final hurdle of approval by Secretary of State widely felt to be a formality
Boris Johnson's deputy Mayor, Sir Edward Lister, has confirmed today (18th February) that the Greater London Authority has rubber stamped Hounslow Council's decision to grant planning permission for Brentford FC's new stadium and associated enabling development.
Commenting on the Deputy Mayor’s decision, Cliff Crown, Brentford FC Chairman, said: "Sir Edward Lister’s decision is great news. Our vision of an exciting new hub at this brownfield site has taken another major step forward. We would like to express appreciation to the Deputy Mayor and the GLA Officers for their support of our plans. "
He added, "In planning for our new home, we look forward to building a positive relationship with local residents and businesses and our new neighbours in Chiswick and Kew."
The development enjoyed widespread support from supporters of the club but attracted opposition from residents around the site concerned by the scale of the associated housing and the possibility that it may contain no social housing.
The original decision was due to be made on January 29th but was 'called in' for further scrutiny due to the number of objections received.
The development is still subject to review by the Secretary of State, who can also call it in for further scrutiny, but it is widely felt by both opponents and supporters of the scheme that this is unlikely to happen.