Brentford FC have put their stadium plans on the shelf for a year.
The club and its development partner Barratt Homes has announced it is to mothball their joint work on the scheme for a year. The Hounslow Guardian reports the club – through its subsidiary company Brentford FC (Lionel Road) Ltd – will keep working on developing a new home, but Barratt will cease work on the project.
Brian Burgess, the clubs project manager, told the Guardian: “We are grateful for all the time and resources that Barratt Homes has put into helping the club to secure the site at Lionel Road, to developing the plans and to trying to find a way to make it work in the currently depressed housing market. Unfortunately it is just not possible to make the existing scheme work at the moment. Given the club’s exciting plans to push for promotion to the Championship we are now searching determinedly for an alternative, less ambitious scheme that might be achievable in a shorter timescale than simply waiting for the housing market to recover fully.”
Barratt are reported to have allowed Brentford to speak to other parties to try and find an alternative way to proceed.