Planning permission obtained for new training ground facilities for Brentford Football Club
Date of Article
Sep 02 2020
Planning & development

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On 11 August, our planning professionals secured planning permission on behalf of Brentford Football Club for the redevelopment of existing training ground facilities on Metropolitan Open Land in Osterley, in the London Borough of Hounslow.

The development, designed by Fuse Architects, will be constructed in five phases over a number of years and will replace existing temporary prefabricated buildings and an existing bungalow with a modern part two storey, part single storey training facility which will integrate with the existing pavilion building. The scheme will also provide an area for the club’s administrative offices, as well as a new hydrotherapy pool, improved parking, and security facilities, and an artificial 4G training track and playing pitch.

The scheme has been developed in extensive consultation with the club’s training staff and individual departments, whilst providing facilities which could be used not only by the first and B teams, but also for its women's team and community partner, the Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust, should that demand arise.

Our professionals led the client through the planning process, from the pre-application stage which included detailed discussions with the Council, members of the planning committee and local amenity groups, to the coordination, preparation, and submission of the planning application. Throughout the process, we advised on several challenging issues, including developing on Metropolitan Open Land. We successfully argued that very special circumstances existed to outweigh any harm to the Metropolitan Open Land, including the consolidation of existing development on the site, a more attractive and well-designed essential facility for the day-to-day function of the site as a training ground and the need also for the club to have its administrative offices at the training ground.

For further information, please contact a member of our team:

Christopher Cooper
Associate Partner
07500 005023