Lionel Road - The Next Hurdle

Dear Members,

As you're all aware, on Thursday 5th December, 2013 Hounslow Council passed a resolution to grant Brentford Football Club planning permission for a new stadium and residential development at Lionel Road subject to referral to the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

However, although this represents a major milestone for the Lionel Road scheme, your URGENT support is still needed to see the dream of a new stadium finally become a reality.

Further support needed from Bees United Members as Lionel Road Scheme goes before Mayor of London Boris Johnson

The Board of Bees United is asking all BU Members to contact the GLA within the next week and declare your support for the scheme. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson will decide on 29th January whether to "call in" the project for further scrutiny, a move which could not only delay the project but ultimately threaten its viability and so to give the scheme the very best chance of success he needs to hear your views before then.

To email your support to the Mayor, Sir Eddie Lister (Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning) and the Strategic Planner David Blankson-Hemans please use the following email addresses;

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The Mayor of London expressed support for the Club's proposals in 2008 and confirmation of that support is now required to deliver a new Community Stadium and associated residential development that will:

  • Generate specific new jobs and homes on a brownfield site;
  • Stimulate local economic growth and benefit local businesses;
  • Respect local heritage assets and views via the provision of a high quality stadium and residential design;
  • Underpin and enhance the significant community work delivered by the Club and the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust in Hounslow, Ealing and Richmond.

 


 

Planning and Economic Benefits

The Brentford Community Stadium project will contribute significantly to economic growth, including:

  • New jobs (more than 200 per annum in construction plus more than 300 Full Time Equivalent long term);
  • New homes on brownfield land (910 at Lionel Road and over 100 at Griffin Park) and;
  • Increased revenue for local businesses.
  • This project will revitalise an unsightly industrial corner of Brentford and transform it into an attractive link between the Thames riverside at Kew Bridge and Gunnersbury Park.

 


 

Heritage and Views

From the outset the Project Team has been very mindful of concerns of local groups regarding the impact of the views on the World Heritage Site and nearby conservation areas.

Some opponents of the scheme have circulated a very misleading image and information regarding the Lionel Road proposals. It is important to highlight this and to inform the Mayor that any decision should not be based upon this misleading image and associated comments.

  • As a result of comments made, there has been a reduction in the heights of the residential buildings and amendments to the massing.
  • A total of 33 agreed views from points in the surrounding area have been taken and were presented to the Planning Committee.
  • A detailed Design Code has been agreed in relation to the outline part of the planning application. This will be used to ensure that the development of the residential element and associated infrastructure is sensitive to the surrounding urban landscape, which includes conservation areas, listed buildings and their settings, registered historic parks and gardens, and the World Heritage Site, Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

 


 

For those unable to email or for those of you who would prefer to send letter, you can write individually to the Mayor Boris Johnson, Sir Edward Lister and David Blankson-Hemans (including the reference no. P/2013/1811) at the addresses below:

Would Members please note that It is essential that David Blankson-Hemans is copied into your email or sent a copy of your letters.

  • David Blankson-Hemans, Senior Strategic Planner, Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, More London, London SE1 2AA.
  • Mayor Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, More London, London SE1 2AA.
  • Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor, Policy and Planning, Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, More London, London SE1 2AA.


In all correspondence please remember to include your name and full postal address.

After the Mayor, we will once again be calling on the support of our Members and asking you to contract the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles.