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Chelsea stadium plans back on track?

Chelsea FC’s plans to redevelop Stamford Bridge with a new £1 billion stadium have been boosted after the threat of legal action over right to light for neighbouring homes faded.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council passed a motion on Monday that will prevent an injunction blocking the plans.

The injunction had been taken out by the Crosthwaite family, who say the stadium’s expansion to a 60,000-seat capacity would block light into their home.

But at a meeting, the council agreed to acquire land at Stamford Bridge which ensured the injunction is not valid, as the family cannot take the council to the High Court.

The decision means the council can take responsibility for the land in question at Chelsea’s instruction and lease it back to the club, ensuring it is not subject to legal challenge as had previously been the case.

The family have said they are not opposed to the redevelopment of the stadium, but have suggested the east stand, which would affect their property, should be redesigned and made smaller.

Their home is in the neighbouring Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and on the other side of a railway line from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is understood to have offered the Crosthwaites a six-figure sum in compensation but they have rejected the offer.