Brentford will find out on Thursday evening whether their planning application for a new stadium at Lionel Road has been successful.
Hounslow Council planning officers have recommended approving the scheme, subject to referral to the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State.
The Bees submitted a proposal for
a 20,000-seater stadium and up to 910 residential apartments
Lionel Road stadium timeline
- November 2002:
Brentford's Supporters' Trust identify Lionel Road as a prospective new home
- December 2007:
Brentford given an option to buy land
- June 2012:
Club complete purchase of 7.6 acre site at Lionel Road
- January-March 2013:
Plans shown to local residents and fans
- May 2013:
Planning application submitted to Hounslow Council for 20,000-seater stadium
- December 2013:
Council planning committee set to decide on application
- July 2016:
Provisional date for new stadium to open
The council's planning committee will meet on Thursday, 18:30 GMT to decide.
bought the 7.6 acre Lionel Road site,
which lies between Kew Bridge railway station and the M4 motorway, last year.
Matthew Benham, the League One club's owner, has agreed to underwrite a funding gap in order for the scheme to go ahead.
The Lionel Road site was
first identified as a prospective location for a new ground in 2002
and Brentford hope to move in for the start of the 2016-17 season.
Brentford, who have played their home games at the 12,763-capacity Griffin Park since 1904, had an average league attendance of 6,302 last season.
Chief executive Mark Devlin has said
the Bees must attract new supporters
to make the move a success.
Brentford supporters have written letters and postcards to the council in support of the application, but objections have been voiced by several parties, including local residents and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.