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    by Published on 16th January 2014 04:13

    On 5th December 2013 Brentford Football Club took a big step towards securing planning permission for a new stadium for Brentford Football Club in Brentford. That was a massive achievement which would not have been possible without the support of thousands of Brentford supporters, however it is only half time and there is still a long way to go before the final whistle. Victory is not yet certain and we need your support to get the job done.

    On Friday January 17th the planning application approved by Hounslow Borough Council will be passed to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson who has until Thursday 30th January to decide whether to approve or reject the application. Once again opponents to our development are waging a misinformation campaign in some local neighbourhoods, and writing letters to the Mayor demanding he direct Hounslow Council to refuse our application.

    Once again your efforts will be crucial. We need you to write in to show your support for the new stadium which Brentford supporters have worked so hard to secure over the past decade, and upon which the club’s future depends. There is not much time to act before Boris decides so please ACT NOW

    To email your support to the Mayor Boris Johnson, Sir Edward Lister and the Strategic Planner David Blankson-Hemans please click here.

    If the above the e-mail link does not work on your system the addresses you need are:

    mayor@london.gov.uk
    david.blankson-hemans@london.gov.uk
    edward.lister@london.gov.uk

    Please include your full name and address & enter the following in the subject field Brentford Community Stadium: Planning Application Reference No: P/2013/1811

    Please find below important information and an updated summary of the benefits of the Brentford Community Stadium:

    The London Mayor 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 significant 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 residential design; and
    • 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 (over 200 a year in construction plus over 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 and regenerate an unsightly industrial corner of Brentford and transform it into an attractive link between the Thames riverside at Kew Bridge and Gunnersbury Park.

    Brentford Football Club as a local business is unsustainable at Griffin Park because the facilities are antiquated and the site is not suitable for redevelopment as a modern stadium. Without the Community Stadium development project, the economic, social and environmental benefits that the Club, the Trust and Stadium would bring are all at risk.

    The project will help to secure the sustainable future of the Club and the multi-award winning charity Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. The Trust, housed together with the Club in purpose built facilities will continue to extend and improve its work with communities in Hounslow, Ealing and Richmond.

    Benefits for Local Business Community

    The Community Stadium facilities and the Club's football matches together with the new homes would bring a number of benefits to the local business community including:

    • Increased expenditure by supporters, rising to over £4 million per annum, of which £3 million will be spent directly in the Borough;
    • Total spending by the new residents is estimated of up to £17 million per year, of which £11 million is expected to be retained within the Borough;
    • Facilities available for local businesses, organisations and community groups to hire for conferences, seminars and other meetings; and
    • Closer relationships with local businesses from the provision of high quality match-day hospitality facilities including lounges, boxes and premium seats.

    Partnerships with local stakeholders

    The Club prides itself in being a good neighbour within the Community for over the past 100 years at Griffin Park and is committed to continuing this approach for the next 100 years. It has always recognised and been committed to working with Hounslow and other stakeholders to provide necessary mitigation to counter and minimise the effects of the development.

    Heritage and views

    From the outset the club has been mindful of the concerns of local groups regarding the impact of the views on the World Heritage Site and nearby conservation areas. As a result the Club reduced the heights and made amendments to the positioning and density of the residential buildings. A total of 33 views from points in the surrounding area have been taken and were presented to Hounslow Council Planning Committee. A detailed Design Code has also been agreed in relation to the outline planning permission for the enabling developments as part of the application. This will ensure the development of the residential buildings and associated infrastructure is sensitive to the surrounding landscape.
    Some opponents of the Club’s proposals have been circulating a leaflet with a misleading image of the view from Kew Bridge. This leaflet also contains inaccurate statements. A decision should not be based on the inaccurate information in that leaflet.

    Section 106 Obligations and CIL payments

    Section 106 payments in the order of £2.6 million, including:

    • £175,000 to TfL towards additional peak hour bus services along the A315 corridor.
    • £2 million towards education including a £500,000 provision in kind towards the provision of new facilities for the Hounslow Interim Education Centre (IEC).
    • £210,000 contribution towards the funding for CPZ surveys and for CPZ implementation for match and non-match days.
    • £91,000 towards sustainability improvements including travel vouchers and new public realm improvements between the new Stadium and Gunnersbury Park.
    • £118,000 sustainability contribution to Phase 1 of the Gunnersbury Park regeneration programme.
    • £35,000 for additional studies to promote improvements to the flow of traffic in the vicinity

    A forecast Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy payment is estimated in the region of £4-5 million.

    Affordable Housing

    The Club has committed to agreeing a set of viability assumptions with the Council and to sharing, on an “open book” basis, the actual costs incurred and values realised during the life of the project. If during the process the project economics turn out better than expected, affordable housing contributions will be triggered.

    Training and employment opportunities

    Construction, training and long term operational skills opportunities will be provided across the stadium. There will also be further employment opportunities in residential, retail and hotel development, in partnership with local businesses and education providers.

    Kew Bridge Station

    The Club has agreed a commitment of £250,000 to Network Rail as a contribution towards Kew Bridge Station improvements. This £250,000 is in addition to the improvements the Club will make to access routes, including opening the underpass beneath Lionel Road South from the London bound platform. This will provide links from the development site to the station, via a ramp which will give disabled access and via stairs which will enable children to walk between station platforms and Kew Bridge School without crossing the public highway.

    Griffin Park

    In addition, the Club is committed to Section 106 contributions in relation to the redevelopment of Griffin Park under an existing outline residential planning permission. The redevelopment of Griffin Park will also deliver new homes on brownfield land and contribute to the regeneration of Brentford town centre.

    Our stadium move can only be secured with your help. If you want the Club to remain in Brentford and believe the Club and the Community Sports Trust are invaluable assets to the community then please contact the GLA in the next week and declare your support. The Mayor needs to hear your views before he reviews the matter on 29th January.

    To email your support to the Mayor Boris Johnson, Sir Eddie Lister and the Strategic Planner David Blankson-Hemans please click here.

    As a reminder, you will find some examples of the benefits of the application below:

    • Transport: extensive modelling undertaken and Club has committed to working with local groups over coming months to press for further public transport improvements to contributions already being made.
    • Housing: over 900 new homes for London – and, if economic conditions improve, contributions to affordable homes.
    • Heritage and views: detailed consultation with Kew Gardens and local residents over past 18 months and over 30 agreed views produced, heights reduced and our preferred bidder for the role of development partner has provided accurate indicative views rather than misleading one circulated by opponents.
    • Jobs and community benefits: there will be a substantial amount of new jobs created for residents in Hounslow as well as significant community benefits including a larger, purpose built space for the Hounslow Interim Education Centre.

    For those unable to email or who prefer to send a 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:

    It is essential David Blankson-Hemans is copied into your email or sent a copy of your letters.

    Mayor Boris Johnson,
    Mayor of London, Greater London Authority,
    City Hall, The Queen's Walk, More London,
    London, SE1 2AA.

    Sir Eddie Lister,
    Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor, Policy and Planning, Greater London Authority,
    City Hall, The Queen's Walk, More London,
    London, SE1 2AA.

    David Blankson-Hemans, Senior Strategic Planner, 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.

    All comments here please
    by Published on 14th January 2014 21:38

    Eddie Oshodi - Brentford will take another look at Oshodi when Forest Green Rovers take on Grimsby Town tonight. The 21-year-old spent last week training with the Bees and was due to feature in this afternoon's development game against Ipswich Town. However, the former Watford youngster has returned to the New Lawn due to a defensive crisis following injury to Aarran Racine and Dale Bennett’s suspension. Oshodi, who knows Brentford boss Mark Warburton from their time working together at Vicarage Road, still has 18 months remaining on his contract at the Championship club, but the League One leaders have sent a scout to cast an eye on the Brent-born centre-back in action against the Mariners this evening.

    Rob Kiernan - Brentford are hopeful of re-signing Wigan Athletic defender Rob Kiernan before the weekend. The Chronicle reported last week that the Bees want to bring the former Watford youngster back for another spell at Griffin Park. Kiernan made nine appearances for Brentford last season before injury cut short his spell in west London. However, the 23-year-old, who played 15 times for League Two Southend United earlier this campaign, could be set for a return to TW8. Kiernan is cup-tied for the Latics' FA Cup third round replay at MK Dons tonight, and will be given the green light to head out on loan providing Uwe Rosler's side don't suffer any injuries.
    by Published on 14th January 2014 21:35

    Goalkeeper Liam O’Brien has signed a new contract to keep him at Brentford Football Club for the rest of the 2013/14 season. The goalkeeper joined The Bees in August on a three-month deal and signed a two-month extension in mid-November. That deal has now been extended until May 14. Liam, 22, has yet to make a First Team appearance for Brentford but has been an unused substitute on eight occasions, although he has been unavailable recently due to injury. He has played one game for Brentford’s Development Squad in the Under-21 Professional Development League.

    Mark Warburton, Brentford FC Manager, said: “We are pleased to extend Liam's contract through until the end of the season and this gives him the opportunity to both fully recuperate following his recent surgery and, more importantly, continue to impress the staff with his application and technical ability. He will provide important cover to David Button and Richard Lee whilst young Jack Bonham continues his development out on loan at Arlesey Town.
    by Published on 10th January 2014 07:38

    Brentford have two reasons to celebrate after Mark Warburton and Sam Saunders won the Sky Bet League One Player and Manager of the Month awards for December. Bees boss Warburton achieved instant success with four wins out of four after taking over from Uwe Rosler, while winger Saunders has flourished under his new manager. He scored three in three games, also chipping in with a couple of assists, to fire Warburton’s side to the summit of the League One table as we enter the second-half of the season.

    Brentford chief Warburton said: “It is fantastic for the club. We spoke to the players about working to be the best they can be every day, even when they are out of the team. Sam has applied himself well. He had a chance and grabbed it.” Meanwhile, experienced former manager Alan Curbishley has praised Warburton for the way in which he has handled the transitional period following Rosler’s departure for Wigan. He said: “Mark Warburton has made an immediate impact on his managerial career by leading Brentford to the top of Sky Bet League One. The Bees are perfectly placed to start the new year.” Curbishley, who is now a technical director at Fulham, chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.
    by Published on 9th January 2014 18:39

    Brentford have confirmed the loan signing of Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom. The Bees have fended off competition from League One rivals Peterborough, Leyton Orient and MK Dons for the 18-year-old, who has penned a one-month deal at Griffin Park. Brentford boss Mark Warburton was in the stands as the youngster smashed a hat-trick in the north Londoners' 6-1 FA Youth Cup romp against Peterborough United on Monday night. However, the switch was put on hold while Arsene Wenger weighed up his options in the wake of injuries to Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner before sanctioning the deal yesterday afternoon.

    Warburton said: “Chuba is strong and quick, with a very good first touch. He’s greedy and enjoys scoring goals. It’s his first loan spell and League One is tough, so he might take some time to adapt. It’s a big jump from Under 21 football.” Akpom made his Arsenal debut as a substitute in the 3-1 win at Sunderland back in September and made a cameo against West Brom in the Capital One Cup later that month.
    by Published on 9th January 2014 17:42

    Kadeem Harris - Mark Warburton plans to bring Cardiff City winger Harris back to Brentford when he returns to fitness. The 20-year-old scored two goals in 11 games for the Bees before his loan spell was cut short because of a hamstring injury picked up during the 3-0 win at Preston in December. Harris is back at the Premier League club for treatment and faces another four weeks on the sidelines. “Kadeem could be out for another four weeks,” he said. “He provides natural width and pace. We know the new Cardiff staff well and have a good relationship. We’ll maintain a good dialogue with them.”

    Meanwhile, Brentford are interested in re-signing Wigan Athletic defender Rob Kiernan. The former Watford centre-back made nine appearances for the Bees last season before his spell at Griffin Park was cut short because of injury. Kiernan played 15 times for League Two Southend earlier this campaign, but was recalled by Latics chief Uwe Rosler a fortnight ago and made his Wigan debut in a 0-0 draw with Burnley on 29 December. However, the German could do his old club a favour and loan Kiernan to the League One leaders to provide cover for Tony Craig and Harlee Dean. Brentford boss Mark Warburton knows the Republic of Ireland Under 21 international well from his time working at Vicarage Road, and told the Chronicle on Thursday that he could have another defender signed up in time for Saturday's clash with Port Vale.
    by Published on 8th January 2014 20:55

    Brentford striker Farid El Alagui has joined SPL side Dundee United on loan for the rest of the season. The Chronicle revealed this afternoon that the former Falkirk frontman was headed for Tannadice Park, with the Bees set to bring in Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom. Fleetwood Town, Partick Thistle and Ross County were also keen on his services, but the 28-year-old has opted to link up with Jackie McNamara's men. El Alagui has been restricted to just one league start for Brentford this season, scoring six goals in 18 games in all competitions. He could make his Dundee debut in Sunday's trip to Inverness.

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