London Irish open Brentford talks

London Irish have entered discussions over a potential groundshare at Brentford FC’s new Lionel Road ground.

The new stadium was granted planning approval in December 2013. Recently the council activated the compulsory purchase order neccessary to enable the development.

The consent rules out professional rugby being played at the stadium, but the club are keen to cohabit with London Irish, so the rugby club, who currently share with Reading FC, have opened talks with Hounslow Council.

Brentford Football Club say they welcome these talks. Their vision is to have a new 20,000-seat Brentford Community Stadium for both professional football and rugby, subject to the relevant planning permissions. The club says that over a number of years, the new stadium project team has held discussions with several rugby clubs, one of which is London Irish.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said: “The new stadium is an exciting development that will be a real boost to Brentford and to the borough as a whole.

“Having a major rugby club based there as well as Brentford Football Club would be a real bonus, and London Irish are a fantastic club that has a track record of building strong links with the community and local schools.

“The Council will work closely with all concerned to ensure a successful outcome.”

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