Plans to build a new football ground for Brentford FC have been given the green light after Hounslow Borough Council granted detailed planning consent for the project.
Brentford FC and Prime Place, the residential development arm of Willmott Dixon, were given the go-ahead to start work on the new 20,000-capacity stadium and 648 new homes at a meeting last week.
The stadium and seven residential buildings will be located on a 4-ha site at Lionel Road South close to Kew Bridge.
Of the 648 homes being developed on the Prime Place, Kew Bridge site, 304 will be available for private sale, while 344 will be put up for private rental.
The homes will be a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, with facilities including an onsite cinema, gym and a library.
The work will comprise of substantial improvements to the locality, with significant landscaping to provide green areas across the development.
New pedestrian and cycle routes will also be created, while the work will see the existing Lionel Road South road widened to accommodate extra traffic.
The granting of planning consent from the council marks a significant step for the Lionel Road project, which was mothballed in 2010.
At the time Brentford FC and then partners Barratt had to shelve plans for the ground due to “unfavourable economic conditions”.
Willmott Dixon then took on the project in January this year.
The project has been given the green light despite objections from Kew Gardens and several residents associations.
Staff at the World Heritage site which sits on the other side of the river to the proposed stadium argued that the design of the building was inappropriate for the area.
Brentford FC will relocate from its existing stadium at Griffin Park, which has been the club’s home since 1904.
Willmott Dixon has already secured full planning consent to build 75 two to five bedroom family houses, in addition to a memorial garden to celebrate the history of the football ground.
Prime Place managing director Brian Brady said: “We’re delighted to get the green light from Hounslow Borough Council and are looking forward to working closely with Brentford FC to deliver a superb new stadium for the Bees and badly needed housing in a superb location that will meet the strong demand in Brentford for high-quality homes for rental and private sale.”
Brentford FC chairman Cliff Crown said: “We are very pleased to be working with the Prime Place team who have a proven track record of delivering high-quality housing within a wider regeneration project.
“As well as creating a brand new stadium for our supporters and an attractive environment for visitors and local residents, this project will create jobs and opportunities for local businesses.