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Brentford still optimistic over new stadium plans

Brentford are still considering plans for a new purpose built stadium despite Barratt Homes and the club agreeing to shelve their partnership for 12 months. The two parties have been working closely for three years to develop the Lionel Road project but they have now agreed to "mothball" their partnership "pending a recovery in house prices sufficient to close the substantial funding gap that currently exists."

Brentford's project manager Brian Burgess told the club's official website: "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 try 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 that simply waiting for the housing market to recover fully."

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