Taylor Wessing and K&L Gates score planning permission for new Brentford FC stadium

Taylor Wessing has strengthened its relationship with Brentford Football Club, advising on its successful planning application for a new 20,000 seat stadium.

The deal secured planning permission for the football club to develop a new home at Lionel Road South, including more than 900 new homes, a hotel, and improved public transport and community facilities. The development is thought to cost about £350m, with the stadium worth £71m. 

Taylor Wessing was instructed by longstanding client Brentford FC on the deal, having advised the club on general corporate matters since 2005. On this deal, the firm expanded its mandate from straight corporate work into other areas including planning, real estate construction and media rights. 

Planning and environment head Alistair Watson led the team for Taylor Wessing, which included planning associate Holly Grundon, real estate partner Adam Marks and senior counsel Scott Harrison, construction partner Joanne Kelly and real estate disputes senior associate Jill Carey. 

Watson said: “Community, sport and educational work has been integral to successfully securing planning permission for the stadium.” 

He continued: “I think in 20 years, this is the most fun I’ve had on a project. It’s been a boost to the club, its trust, and the fans and is hugely important to the community.” 

Last year, Watson led a team advising Saracens Rugby Club on planning matters relating to its new stadium, Allianz Park, in North London. 

K&L Gates provided external legal support to Hounslow Council, led by planning partner Sebastian Charles. It is thought that more firms may get involved as the project enters the construction phase in coming months.

The deal tooks months to finalise, requiring confirmation from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Nick Boies, after Hounslow Council granted permission for the development but English Heritage raised objections. The organisation cited the impact of the stadium on nearby heritage assets, including Kew Gardens.