Hounslow has approved on June 30 2020 the proposal for new training facilities at Brentford FCs Jersey Road site with a number of conditions.
The committee challenged the notion that well paid footballers on short term contracts who live outside the borough should be treated differently from others who travel into the borough to work. The committee placed the following conditions on the approval:
- A sustainable travel plan
- Cycle parking for 60
- EV charging for 25 vehicles
- Pedestrian access
- Plus two construction related conditions
The proposal is for:
- The applicant seeks approval for five years temporary permission to deliver purpose-designed facilities to meet the needs of Brentford Football Club.
- The new temporary part single part-two-storey Training Centre would be located to the east of the site and would comprise Training Centre for the First Team and B Team as well as Category 4 Academy players (Under 18 team only).
- The proposal involves removal of unlawful structures on the west side of the site, retaining the existing pavilion, bungalow and kit-room for ground maintenance. There would be a new hybrid pitch to be used by additional Under 18 team.
- There would be 110 new car parking spaces and 30 cycle parking spaces.
- Whilst considered an inappropriate development in Metropolitan Open Land, on balance it is concluded that the ‘very special circumstances’ put forward to support the application, namely the temporary nature of development, compelling need for the development and the lack of alternative ‘brownfield’ sites are enough to outweigh any harm in this case.
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