Mayor delays decision on Bees ground

London Mayor Boris Johnson has delayed a key decision on Brentford’s planned stadium at Lionel Road.

Councillors gave the club the go-ahead for the 20,000-seater stadium last month, with the plans requiring final approval from the Mayor and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

However, Johnson has delayed an announcement on whether he will ‘call-in’ the application for further scrutiny by his office due to the number of objections received.

Brentford have asked supporters to write to the Mayor expressing their support for the scheme.

Leaving Griffin Park, the club’s home since 1904, for a new state-of-the-art stadium is seen as a crucial development in safeguarding Brentford’s future.

The club has argued it is currently losing about £500,000 per year and does not have a sustainable future without the move to the proposed site near Kew Bridge, where Brentford hope to be playing by 2016.

The first hurdle was passed in December when Hounslow councillors, after a meeting lasting four hours, gave the stadium their blessing.

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