Chelsea have been given the green light to build a new 60,000-seater stadium at Stamford Bridge after winning planning approval for the project.
The club’s hopes of redeveloping their current home received a boost on Wednesday evening when Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s planning and development control committee voted unanimously in favour of the scheme.
A statement on the club’s official website, said:
More than a year ago, a planning application for a new stadium at Stamford Bridge with an expanded seating capacity was submitted to our local council, Hammersmith & Fulham.
Over the past 12 months, we have consulted widely with neighbouring residents, local businesses, statutory authorities and continued to work closely with the council.
The council’s planning committee considered the application and we are grateful that planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of our historic home.
The committee decision does not mean that work can begin on site. This is just the latest step, although a significant one, that we have to take before we can commence work, including obtaining various other permissions.
– CHELSEA STATEMENT
The estimated £500million cost of the work would be funded by club owner Roman Abramovich, although there is still some way to go before it can begin.
Chelsea will still need full planning consent, which they hope to achieve by working closely with council officers, and to complete the detailed design of the stadium and finalise logistical plans for the site and the surrounding area.