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Chelsea settle stadium right to light dispute

Chelsea FC can kick off building work on their new £1 billion stadium at Stamford Bridge after settling a dispute over right to light with a neighbour.

Plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge into a 60,000-seat ground had been held up the Crosthwaite family, who complained the structure would block out the light to his family home. They took out an injunction in May 2017.

In January, Hammersmith and Fulham Council passed a motion to prevent the injunction blocking the plans.

The council used its powers to compulsorily purchase the air rights over part of Stamford Bridge and the railway line which separates the stadium from the Crosthwaites’ home.

But now the club has said it has reached an agreement with the family.

A Chelsea spokesperson said:

Chelsea FC have reached an agreement to settle the ongoing legal proceedings in relation to rights to light. The details of the agreement are confidential.

Chelsea expect to be playing at Stamford Bridge until the end of the 2019-20 season and will move to an alternative venue – likely to be Wembley Stadium – for up to four years during construction.